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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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RE: st: RE: Re: TeX template for PDF help files |

Date |
Sun, 22 Nov 2009 16:24:14 -0000 |

If standardisation is precisely the issue, no software outside Stata can yield greater standardisation than use of SMCL -- certainly no software that is used by only some Stata programmers. (That includes LaTeX as surely as Word.) If it's thought that there is insufficient similarity of style among SMCL-based help files, then 1. I disagree. Small or even large differences in style don't disconcert me at all. (I note frequent problems of quality or accuracy, which are different matters.) 2. If anyone does agree, that's fine as an expression of opinion, but any user can set up their own "style" as a template that others might wish to follow. If they have a good idea, others will surely follow. But I don't think anyone has a chance of laying down a universal standard by personal fiat, if only for elementary psychological reasons. "The only quite satisfying rule of standardization is that you adopt my standards." Francis J. Anscombe, Computing in Statistical Science through APL, Springer, New York, 1981, p.3. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Roy Wada > I don't understand what you are proposing then. > > If people want to use Word privately as a text editor, that's up to > them, and there need be no proposal of it as a public standard. One of Sergiy proposal was to come up with a uniform-looking help file. This will help standardize the appearance, just as the TeX template would. * * 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/

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