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RE: st: Another manual idea


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Another manual idea
Date   Tue, 18 Nov 2003 09:58:57 -0000

Stata version 8 was the most drastic revision in the history
of Stata, and the manuals were reorganised with lots of new material.
Having said that, almost all of what is in Stata 7 still works.
What you wouldn't see documented in detail is documented on-line
under the various flavours of -help whatsnew-.

FWIW, I don't think that Stata Corp will do this, for all the usual
marketing
and logistic reasons that old commercial software versions or
documentation do
not, in general, remain available. Stata Corp, while wanting to be
nice
to users, remains a hard-headed business. You only have to imagine
the slippery slope that has been started down. If v7 documentation
cheap, why not v7 software cheap, v6 documentation and software even
cheaper, etc.? I am only guessing here, however.

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

Clive Nicholas replied to Bill Dupont:

> Not a  bad idea at all, if the v7 and v8 manuals are generally
> congruent... :)
>
> > Has Stata Corp considered releasing version 7 manuals at
> little or no
> > cost?  Perhaps pdf manuals could be provided to anyone
> with a valid
> > Stata7 or Stata8 license.  I would guess that the
> commercial value of
> > Stata7 manuals today must be quite low, so Stata Corp
> would be giving up
> > very little revenue by distributing these manuals in this
> way.  On the
> > other hand, there are many students throughout the world
> for whom the
> > cost of Stata8 manuals is high.  Providing Stata7 manuals
> at little cost
> > might even increase overall Stata revenues by increasing the total
> > number of Stata users.

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