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st: re: TeX template for PDF help files

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: re: TeX template for PDF help files
Date   Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:46:23 -0500

Nick Winter said

Re: SMCL, I'm no huge fan, but it does seem to have some good features 
tied to the needs of displaying things in Stata (e.g., ability to run 
example code).  In any case, I find coding SMCL by hand about as hard as 
coding simple HTML by hand, and considerably easier than coding simple 
LaTeX by hand.  So I'd love to see the next iteration of the do-file 
editor include a more full-blown environment for writing help files.

A good start, which would require no change to the logic of the do-file editor beyond allowing it to open and save .smcl files (as most editors have an option to open any kind of file if you insist---e.g. no reason why it can't open .txt files), would be to provide the sample file given in [U] 18.11.6 in both filled-in and blank template form, and make it easy to load those files into the do-fie editor as read-only documents, to be saved under a different name. We're not talking quantum physics here.

Kit Baum

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