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st: set literalvarnames on


From   Clyde Schechter <cschecht@aecom.yu.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: set literalvarnames on
Date   Wed, 12 Feb 2003 17:25:41 -0500

Assuming it could be implemented by Stata Corp. in a reasonable way, I
would definitely want, and use, a feature which permitted me to ban
abbreviated variable names.  I completely endorse Glen Waddell's concerns
about the way abbreviated names can introduce difficult-to-track-down
errors.  In past postings to this list, I have also proposed that the use
of uninitialized macro names as null strings be banished (or, at least
optionally banished with a setting).  The two practices are conceptually
related, and probably should be combined as a single setting that does
both.  It is hard to imagine a programmer who would want one but not the
other.

Clyde Schechter
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York, USA

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