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st: New version of -rtfutil- on SSC

From   Roger Newson <>
To   "" <>, Lindsey Peters <>
Subject   st: New version of -rtfutil- on SSC
Date   Wed, 8 Dec 2010 18:10:50 +0000

Thanks as always to Kit Baum, a new version of the -rtfutil- package is now available for download from SSC. In Stata, use the -ssc- command to do this, or -adoupdate- if you already have an old version of -rtfutil-.

The -rtfutil- package is defined as below on my website. The new version has redefined the definition of a .RTF table row style for input to the -listtab- and -listtex- packages (also downloadable from SSC). Each RTF table row now starts with "{" and ends with "}". Previously, the "{" and "}" were omitted. This sometimes caused formatting instructions inside the table row to apply to the same RTF document after the table row, causing subsequent graphics not to be visible as expected. I would like to thank Lindsey Peters, of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the United Kingdom, for bringing this very annoying "feature" of RTF to my attention.

The version of -rtfutil- on SSC is in Stata Version 11. However, I have also made the same update to the Stata Version 10 version of -rtfutil-, which you can download by typing, in Stata,

net from

and selecting and downloading -rtfutil-.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton Campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
Web page:
Departmental Web page:

Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

package rtfutil from

      rtfutil: Utilities for writing Rich Text Format (RTF) files

      The rtfutil package is a suite of file handling utilities for
      producing Rich Text Format (RTF) files in Stata, possibly
      containing plots and tables.  These RTF files can then be
      opened by Microsoft Word, and possibly by alternative free
      word processors.  The plots can be included by inserting, as
      linked objects, graphics files that might be produced by the
      graph export command in Stata.  The tables can be included by
      using the listtab command, downloadable from SSC, with the
      handle() option.

      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 24november2010
      Stata-Version: 11

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