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Re: st: Stata and user written help files in foreign languages

From   Nick Winter <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata and user written help files in foreign languages
Date   Tue, 09 Aug 2005 17:04:47 -0400

At 04:01 PM 8/9/2005, you wrote:
Dear Statausers and Stata Developers,

I have two questions:

1) Is Stata Corp planning to release a version of Stata in another language,
in particular Spanish?
I doubt it. I believe there is/are/was/were some translations of the Getting Started manual into non-English lanuage(s) at some point; the Stata web site book store would show those if there are current ones.

2) Is there any suggested protocol and guidelines for Stata ado files in
foreign languages? I've written some ado files for a course that I'm giving
in Spanish, and my students have requested versions of the help of these
ados in their native language.
You could set this up by either

(a) simply write the help file in Spanish. Then when students type "help mycmd", they will get it in Spanish.

(b) create an English help file, called, e.g., mycmd.hlp, and a spanish-language help file called, say, mycmd_spanish.hlp. Then insert the following at an appropriate point in the mycmd.hlp file, to link from the english to the spanish:

Click here for help in {help mycmd_spanish:Spanish}

Then when users type "help mycmd", they will see the English help, and can click to get the Spanish help.

--Nick WInter

Many thanks,

Joao Pedro

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