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Re: st: Can the viewer window be rendered by Firefox instead? And other speech recognition tips


From   Alan Riley <ariley@stata.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Can the viewer window be rendered by Firefox instead? And other speech recognition tips
Date   Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:24:06 -0500

pawstats-pats@yahoo.com (pawstats) is interested in viewing Stata's help
files in a web browser.  Maarten Buis (maartenlbuis@gmail.com)
recommended the HTML version of Stata's help files available from
www.stata.com:

  http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?<command_name>, e.g.
  http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?regress

But, pawstats comments that the "also see" entries from the help files
do not show up in the HTML version of the help files mentioned above.
See their full discussion below my signature.

pawstats is right.  As of Stata 12, the "also see" entries are
now available in Stata's Viewer via an "Also See" drop-down on
the Viewer's toolbar.  This same drop-down is not available in
web browsers.  We will work on adding a way for the "also see"
entries to appear in the HTML versions of the help files on
www.stata.com.

In the meantime, it appears that pawstats is using Stata 11,
because the "also see" entry posted as an example appears to
be from a Stata 11 help file.  The Stata 11 help files are
also available online and do have these "also see" entries
at the bottom of them.  pawstats should visit

  http://www.stata.com/help11.cgi?<command_name>, e.g.
  http://www.stata.com/help11.cgi?regress


Alan
ariley@stata.com


> Thank you for your answer, this is a very helpful tip. The only problem with the online help files is that they are missing the bit which connects related commands and allows you to easily navigate around. For example, the online help page for the regress command does not include the following conveniently linked help pages (which do appear in the viewer window):
> 
> | Also see
> | 
> |     Manual:  [R] regress
> | 
> |       Help:  [R] regress postestimation, [R] regress postestimation time
> |              series;
> |              [R] anova, [TS] dfactor, [TS] dvech
> 
> So, if anyone is aware of a way to force the rendering of the viewer window through Firefox that would still be helpful. Alternatively, perhaps Stata can be convinced to post that last little bit online, if anybody knows the best way to approach them for this please let me know.
> 
> Regarding the use of real names I am indeed aware of the FAQ and the omission of my real name is by no means intended as a sign of disrespect to fellow users. By the same token, I would also ask the real name proponents to consider that in the age of web indices different folks have different needs for privacy. For example, folks outside of academia, folks with disabilities such as those that necessitate the use of speech recognition, or folks seeking employment in areas or geographies with fewer protections may not wish to see their postings show up every time a potential employer or interviewer googles their name.
> 
> 
> 
> > ------------------------------
> > 
> > Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:30:16 +0200
> > From: Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com>
> > Subject: Re: st: Can the viewer window be rendered by Firefox instead? And other speech > recognition tips
> > 
> > On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM, pawstats-pats@yahoo.com  wrote:
> > > It is particularly challenging to navigate the viewer window in Stata using speech > recognition, e.g., to navigate the help screens on various commands. Because the viewer > window looks and behaves very much like a browsing window with hyperlinks, etc., I am > > wondering if anybody is aware of a way to have this window navigated via Firefox instead.
> > 
> > The help-files are online, see:
> > http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?<command_name>, e.g.
> > <http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?regress>.
> > 
> > Note that the Statalist FAQ (see link at the bottom of every post on
> > Statalist) asks you to use real names:
> > 
> > "It is long-standing practice on Statalist that most members,
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> > and conceal your identity."
> > 
> > 
> > - -- Maarten
> > 
> > - --------------------------
> > Maarten L. Buis
> > Institut fuer Soziologie
> > Universitaet Tuebingen
> > Wilhelmstrasse 36
> > 72074 Tuebingen
> > Germany
> > 
> > 
> > http://www.maartenbuis.nl
> > - --------------------------
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