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Re: st: RE: Out-of-date commands
At 05:48 PM 7/11/2006, Nick Cox wrote:
However, another example is the old syntax for the -ml-
command. -ml- was greatly rewritten in version 6, I believe. My
efforts to update and understand old -ml- code would have been
enhanced if I had the help for the old syntax.
-for- (meaning Stata's -for-, not Mata's -for-) is
an example in which documentation is indeed elusive.
One story behind this is that the implementation
of -for- is now widely regarded as a Bad Idea.
That still leaves needs like yours unsatisfied.
On the whole, however, there are very few
commands for which that is true.
I wish the help for out of date commands was available online. Not
to encourage new uses of those commands, but to make it easier to
understand old code that uses them. Having access to the old docs
might actually encourage people to update and improve on outdated and
now sub-optimal code.
Richard Williams, Notre Dame Dept of Sociology
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