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st: Definitive reference for use of backslash in Stata

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   st: Definitive reference for use of backslash in Stata
Date   Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:48:18 +0100

Dear All

Sorry for asking such a basic question. Where is the definitive reference in the Stata 7 documentation for the use of the \ (backslash) character as an escape character to flag the parser not to expand macros? I can only find -[U] 21.3.9 Constructing Windows filenames using macros-, which does not give an exhaustive list of the uses of \ as an escape character. (I know about \\, \$ and \`, but are there others?) I have looked through the hardcopy index and done -findit- under the keywords \, backslash, escape, and macro, but have not found anything more definitive.

Best wishes (and thanks in advance)


Roger Newson
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