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st: RE: Escaping dollar sign in graphs


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Escaping dollar sign in graphs
Date   Mon, 14 Jun 2004 22:12:40 +0100

This is indeed a nuisance when you want something 
different from Stata's treatment here. The cross-reference 
implied is to the thread started by Phil Ryan on 
21 May. See e.g. 

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/lwgate/STATALIST/archives/statalist.0405/Author/article-740.html

The story there is that using the escape character
works only so far as the next program called, which 
sees e.g. $US or $CA and misinterprets those 
as references to global macros. The story there 
also is that using SMCL provides an  existing 
work-around. 

Patrick clearly flagged this as a question 
for StataCorp, but it would seem 20 years too 
late to undefine $ as indicating global macros. 

Possibly StataCorp can define c($) as the dollar 
symbol as a less cryptic alternative to {c S|} 
or `=char(36)'. No idea how difficult that would 
be. 

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of
> Joly.Patrick@ic.gc.ca
> Sent: 14 June 2004 21:53
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: Escaping dollar sign in graphs
> 
> 
> This problem came up on the list a few weeks but I would like 
> to ask Stata
> whether something can be done about this issue. Specifically, 
> the problem is
> that, given a have variable whose label contains a dollar sign say
> 
> . la var xrus "\$US per \$CA"
> 
> and trying to plot it as either
> 
> . twoway line xrus year
> . twoway line xrus year, ytitle("\$US per \$CA")
> 
> causes the currency units to vanish from the y-axis title, 
> leaving only "
> per " behind.
> 
> This is a bug isn't it?  Or a very unfortunate mis-feature 
> IMO.  It *should*
> be possible to print basic ASCII characters set in graphs.  
> Can something be
> done about this, this is particularly troublesome for economists.
> 
> 
> Patrick Joly
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