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Re: st: RE: RE: searchable list of commands/options for various Stata versions


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: searchable list of commands/options for various Stata versions
Date   Wed, 02 Apr 2008 16:41:42 -0500

At 01:50 PM 4/2/2008, Nick Cox wrote:
The short answer is, again: Because one is documented, and the other
isn't.
There is also the fact that old commands may eventually stop working, except under version control.


I can see a case for documenting old names as well as new, but the
cost-benefit analysis does not seem clear-cut to me. Where does one draw
the line, for example? Perhaps there are users who can remember that the
-log- command had a different name in Stata 1.0.
I think the biggest argument for documenting old commands is that they do continue to work, under version control. When you are trying to understand how a command works and/or want to update it using newer Stata features, it can be frustrating when you can't find any documentation on the command. So, like Alan, I wish there were easier ways to dig into the past. And when you think about it, because of version control, there really is no such thing as an "old" command in Stata, because virtually every command that ever existed is still part of Stata.


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