Stata The Stata listserver
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date index][Thread index]

Re: st: PDF Stata 8 manuals


From   Richard Herrell <rherre2@uic.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: PDF Stata 8 manuals
Date   Tue, 15 Jul 2003 12:37:35 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 15 Jul 2003, Ulrich Kohler wrote:

> But  SAS is somewhat more expensive than Stata, isn't it?

Indeed, but that is not the point of my comparison.  Stata documentation
is far better, but I prefer the CD format.


>
> kohler@wz-berlin.de
>
> Richard Herrell wrote:
> > I recall we discussed the problem before about the ease of distributing
> > pdfs.  I don't think it differs greatly from the free sharing of
> > photocopies of chapters from SAS manuals I saw as a student and teacher
> > "Say, can I make a copy of the logistic chapter?"  I now have a CD with
> > the complete SAS manuals which is not expensive, takes up virtually no
> > room on the shelf, and is wonderful to use since I can search it.
> >
> > Richard Herrell
> > NIMH
> > NIH
> >
> > On Tue, 15 Jul 2003, Nick Cox wrote:
> > > William Dupont
> > >
> > > > I think I would still prefer a hyperlinked pdf version of the paper
> > > > documentation, but a hyperlinked SMCL version would be a
> > > > big advance.
> > > > Would creating hyperlinked pdf documentation be much more
> > > > difficult or
> > > > expensive than doing this in SMCL?
> > >
> > > The difficulty or the expense of doing this are not
> > > the issue at all, or so I suspect. It's what would be
> > > done with the resulting product.
> > >
> > > Let me put one key facet a little more bluntly than
> > > Stata Corp might.
> > >
> > > If your colleagues and students could print out .pdf willy-nilly,
> > > how much would it affect their willingness to buy the manuals?
> > >
> > > How many people, world-wide, would buy cheap pirated
> > > versions of (subsets of) the documentation if they existed?
> > >
> > > Individually, of course, no one wants to pay any more than
> > > one can avoid, modulo ethical scruples.
> > > Collectively, however, the viability of
> > > Stata Corp must depend on its financial success, itself
> > > dependent on at least some people paying substantially
> > > for what they get.
> > >
> > > 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/
> >
> > *
> > *   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/
>
>
>
> *
> *   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/
>
*
*   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/



© Copyright 1996–2014 StataCorp LP   |   Terms of use   |   Privacy   |   Contact us   |   What's new   |   Site index