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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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RE: st: List of Stata commands |

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Thu, 19 Jun 2003 21:26:21 +0100 |

Roger Newson replied to Friedrich Huebler > >I use a text editor with syntax highlighting. The syntax file lists > >only commands for Stata 7 and I would like to add all Stata 8 > >commands. Is it possible to obtain a list of all elements > of Stata 8 > >syntax, including their abbreviated forms? > > Probably not, because official Stata is only the tip of the > iceberg, and > there are so many unofficial Stata commands. > > Friedrich doesn't say what text editor he is using, but, > for what it's > worth, I seem to remember that, in the case of TextPad, > there was once a > Stata syntax add-on which attempted to include all commands > in official > Stata or the STBs up to a certain date. However, I can find > nothing about > it on the TextPad website at > http://www.textpad.com/support/index.html > On TextPad: Scott Long's syntax file for TextPad has evidently moved to http://www.indiana.edu/~jslsoc/files/software/textpad/stata.syn I'll update http://fmwww.bc.edu/repec/docs/textEditors.html Incidentally, I just got from Steve McKay a section on ConTEXT, yet another editor to support some kind of Stata syntax highlighting, which I've added to that FAQ. A more general point rather glossed over in the FAQ just mentioned is the variety of what is understood by syntax highlighting. Echoing Roger to some extent, I'd underline the elusiveness of a complete list of Stata command words, especially given not only user-written commands, but possibilities for abbreviation, the syntax of command and subcommand which is increasingly common, etc. In my own experience, chiefly with the syntax highlighting provided by Jeff Pitblado for Vim, highlighting command words is the least interesting and least useful part of syntax highlighting, far behind error flags, representing delimited strings distinctively, ditto with local macros, etc. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**st: Re: List of Stata commands***From:*Friedrich Huebler <huebler@rocketmail.com>

**References**:**Re: st: List of Stata commands***From:*Roger Newson <roger.newson@kcl.ac.uk>

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