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st: RE: Wish: add a -help , version()- option


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Wish: add a -help , version()- option
Date   Mon, 10 Nov 2003 09:27:26 -0000

I am not clear on what you're 
asking for here. Is that Stata Corp put 
up more information on what the syntax 
used to be so that old (or oldstyle) 
user-written commands are more comprehensible
to you? 

In what is to me the obvious example, 
the syntax for oldstyle -graph- is 
accessible at -help graph7- and that 
is needed to understand some old programs. 

Otherwise I would like to see some concrete 
example(s) of how this is needed and 
how you think it might work.  

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Renzo Comolli
> 
> I have a wish (one of the many):
> Add a -help [, version()]- option.
> By default -, version()- could imply that the help file is 
> to be located on
> the StataCorp website.
> 
> The reason for this wish is that I am familiar only with 
> the Stata8 syntax
> (and a bit of Stata7) but when I read other people's ados it is not
> infrequent to see syntaxes for Stata6 or even earlier. I 
> have a very hard
> time puzzling out what older syntaxes mean (of course 
> reading other people's
> ado can be very difficult regardless).

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