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RE: st: Help with Reading Arguments for Do-File


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Help with Reading Arguments for Do-File
Date   Mon, 14 Nov 2005 10:57:06 -0000

Many people have been bitten by this at precisely your 
stage, but it is wrong to blame the manuals. I find 
at [U] 18.3.1 (p.200 of Stata 9 edition) that the key 
difference between left and right single quotes is explained
when local macros are introduced. 

Note also that Stata is not being awkward here. As references
to local macros can be, and often are, nested, without some 
asymmetry of delimiters syntax like 

	'a'b'c'

would be hopelessly ambiguous. 

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

George Stimson
 
> Thanks, the quotation marks were indeed the source of my problem. 
> Unforunately, the manual does not make that clear.
 
Sergio 

> Its only the quotations..
> 
> to use a macro you need to write `1' , not '1' ( " ` " is in some
> keyboards a "french grave accent" or something like that)

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