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"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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RE: st: Writing graphs to the log file |

Date |
Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:39:08 +0100 |

Line for the server... But change is under way: Note Bill Rising`s talk at the Milan UGM 2008 (http://www.stata.com/meeting/italy08/abstracts.html) The fact that -ssc hot, n(4)- throws up nothing but "translation" packages is certainly not lost on StataCorp... HTH Martin -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of David Airey Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 3:21 PM To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file I think one disappointment with Stata is no package like Sweave for R or SASweave for SAS for weaving together publication quality text, code, output, and figures into one file, more or less seamlessly. HTML output is also good thing. I have used and appreciated log2html. Improvements would be great. ATS also had an HTML package that worked figures in, but I think it stopped working. It would be nice to have HTML and LaTeX output, but HTML at minimum. -Dave On Nov 18, 2008, at 5:32 AM, Nick Cox wrote: > David's example I understand as indicating that -file write- cannot > handle a line in his file. -file- is a Stata command. It's a moot > point > whether that failure should be attributed to -log2html-, a user- > written > command. What generic problem does it show that could or should be > handled by pre-processing within -log2html-? > > As one of the authors of -log2html- -- and without speaking for the > others, each of whom is less shy than I am -- I'll declare a lack of > interest in developing -log2html- further. Some work produced what > remains to me a useful program for translating SMCL to HTML. But > tackling the very understandable problem of handling HTML within > files, > or of embedding more HTML within such files, is to me a Sisyphean task > that does not attract. > > More positively, David is running with the baton here and I'm shouting > encouragement from the stands. > > Nick > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > David Elliott > > I've had an interest in graphical logs for some time and would like to > comment on a couple of points raised in this thread. > > Ashim has referenced an old thread above where I had posted that I had > created a -gr2log- of my own and a -grlog2html- modification of Baum, > Cox & Rising's -log2html- . I had not made them available previously > because the routines were still buggy and would trip on unbalanced > quotes arising in continuation lines. (Indeed, the whole continuation > lines issue can be difficult.) However, if anyone is interested in > testing -gr2log- and -grlog2html-, I would be happy to provide copies > to persons who contact me privately (help files are part of the > package). Perhaps additional testing and suggestions can help get > these ready for distribution in the SSC Archive. > > Basically -gr2log- is a graphing command wrapper that exports a *.png > file of each graph produced and -grlog2html- incorporates the graphs > into a HTML log immediately following the command that created it. > When it works - it works a charm. > > Regarding problems with -log2html- mentioned by Neil Shephard, I don't > know if this is related but I have found that it can trip on input > lines like the following: > {com}. local service "`"Radiotherapy Treatment"' `"Referral to Medical > Oncology"' `"Referral to Radiation Oncology"'" > > from a program trace of -log2html-: > - file write `ho' `"`macval(line)'"' _n > = file write __000001 `"<span class=input>. local service > "`"Radiotherapy Treatment"' `" >> Referral to Medical Oncology"' `"Referral </span>"' _n > invalid syntax > > This problem goes away if I -set linesize- to a sufficiently high > value to avoid continuation lines which create unbalanced quotes. If > the do file does not have compound and nested quotes I haven't had > problems with -log2html- > > I'm currently seeing if I can intercept problems in -grlog2html- using > the replacement capabilities of -filefilter- to create HTML entities > out of all the quotes prior to any further processing, a strategy that > would work in -log2html- as well. > > The following is a possible alteration starting at line 70 of > -log2html- incorporating -filefilter- quote fixes. > (remember to copy under a new name any official or user-supplied ado > you wish to modify) > > ========================= > // filenames and handles > > tempname hi ho > tempfile LQRQDQ RQDQ DQ htmlfile > local origfile `smclfile' > if (!index(lower("`origfile'"),".smcl")) { > local origfile "`origfile'.smcl" > } > local smclfile : subinstr local smclfile ".smcl" "" > local smclfile : subinstr local smclfile ".SMCL" "" > local smclfile : subinstr local smclfile `"""' "", all /* '"' > (for > fooling emacs) */ > local smclfile : subinstr local smclfile "`" "", all > local smclfile : subinstr local smclfile "'" "", all > local outfile `"`smclfile'.html"' > if "`linesize'" != "" local ll "ll(`linesize')" > qui log html `"`origfile'"' `"`LQRQDQ'"', `replace' yebf whbf > `ll' > > // try filefilter to handle quote problems > filefilter `"`LQRQDQ'"' `"`RQDQ'"', from(\LQ) to("‘") // > left quotes fixed > filefilter `"`RQDQ'"' `"`DQ'"', from(\RQ) to("’") // right > quotes fixed > filefilter `"`DQ'"' `"`htmlfile'"', from(\Q) to(""") // > double > quotes fixed > ========================== > > I believe graphical logs have their place in data exploration and look > forward to the day when we might see such capabilities in SMCL. Until > then, -gr2log- and -grlog2html may provide interested users with > workarounds. > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**RE: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**References**:**st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*"sdm1" <sdm1@york.ac.uk>

**Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*Neil Shephard <nshephard@nhs.net>

**RE: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*Neil Shephard <nshephard@nhs.net>

**RE: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*"sdm1" <sdm1@york.ac.uk>

**Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*Neil Shephard <nshephard@nhs.net>

**Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*"David Elliott" <dcelliott@gmail.com>

**RE: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file***From:*David Airey <david.airey@vanderbilt.edu>

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