How can significant unimbedded spaces of string variables be retained when
importing fixed-width ASCII files?
Last year I brought this up with Stata Tech Support and got the reply below from Kevin Crow. The application I was working on needed to be automated in a way that precluded using Kevin's approach. I ended up going through SPSS first, then converting to Stata, since SPSS preserves leading and trailing blanks. What I'd like to see in Stata is something like a "notrim" option on -infile- that would keep leading and trailing blanks.