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st: Truncation of words in smcl help files


From   Ian Watson <mail@ianwatson.com.au>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Truncation of words in smcl help files
Date   Thu, 30 Nov 2006 21:14:43 -0800

Dear Statalisters

I'm currently rewriting a smcl help file and becoming frustrated at the
tendency of smcl to arbitrarily truncate words. I have encountered this
problem before, but have ignored it. I've now decided I should try to
track down the cause of the problem.

The only hint I can find is that it often coincides with the 244th or
246th character in a paragraph (suspiciously the same as the limit for
strings).

Here is one example:

smcl code:

{smcl}

{phang}
{opt using} is not an option but is required, and indicates the filename
for the output. Some applications (particularly MS Excel) `lock' files
when they're open. This means you cannot write to these files and you
receive an error message, warning you to check if the file is already
open in another application.


and here is what displays in the viewer (with "warning you to" truncated):

using is not an option but is required, and indicates the filename for
the output. Some applications (particularly MS Excel) `lock' files when
they're open. This means you cannot write to these files and you receive
an error message, warnin check if the file is already open in another
application.


This occurs when in paragraph mode, rather than line mode, so I can't
see how the string limit should apply. Am I missing something simple?

Rereading the manual and checking the FAQs has not turned up any clues.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Ian Watson




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