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Re: st: Do-File editor : a humble plea

From   Ronán Conroy <>
Subject   Re: st: Do-File editor : a humble plea
Date   Wed, 8 Nov 2006 12:29:16 +0000

On 7 Samh 2006, at 17:44, <> <> wrote:

- The ctrl + S shortcut to save the do-file doesn't seem to work, at
least with me. It took me a while to realize it, so that I had to
experience a few disasters in my early days as a Stata-user.
Works on OS X, Stata/SE 9

- Stata opens one do-file editor window for each do-file I work on..
Sometimes I have up to 5 do-file editors opened at a time - the pain..
Firefox-like multiple tabs would be a dream come true.
OS X user might like to install Witch

which allows you to navigate between open windows with <alt><tab>.

However, I echo your discontent. A tabbed interface, a floating list of open windows or a browser pane would really help. From there, it is a short step to being able to save a Stata 'project' - a series of files that open simultaneously in a browser. Most text editors have been able to do this for years.

- It does not highlight stuff in fancy colours, which I would really
like it to do - one colour for known commands would be a minimum ;
different colours for what it thinks should be a varname, an option, an
expression, etc. would be appreciated too, ideally..
The absolute minimum would be to have colouring for comments and quotes. This shouldn't be much of a headache to implement and it would certainly cut out my most common error!

The other really useful feature that would make quote writing easier would be to adopt BBEdit/TextWrangler's habit of giving a little meep when you type a close quote that doesn't balance with an open quote.

Ronán Conroy
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
+353 (0) 1 402 2431
+353 (0) 87 799 97 95

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