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Re: st: A Thought


From   "Friedrich Huebler" <fhuebler@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: A Thought
Date   Mon, 5 May 2008 14:10:35 -0400

Raphael,

As others have pointed out, there won't be PDF versions of the manuals
for good reasons. But going back to your basic argument, I do not see
how having manuals online makes learning Stata less "frustrating" than
referring to a printed manual. In any case, anyone can access the
online help for Stata free of charge.

http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?help

Friedrich

On Sun, May 4, 2008 at 11:53 PM, Raphael Fraser
<raphael.fraser@gmail.com> wrote:
> Message to Stata
>
>  What I am about to say may sound a bit out of the ordinary but here goes.
>
>  Along with each release of Stata comes Stata Manuals. These manuals
>  are essential for Stata programmers and others but can prove costly
>  for some. In addtion to selling print versions of the manuals, why not
>  make its contents freely available online? Why would Stata want to do
>  this? I think there is a large group of non-Stata programmers and
>  other users that would benefit from this. For example. there are SAS
>  and R programmers who would consider adding Stata to their programming
>  tool kit. Making the manuals available on-line would indeed reduce
>  "learning frustration" and make it much easier for those who
>  contemplate switching. Or for those wanting to switch.
>
>  What are YOUR thoughts?
>
>  Raphael
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