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Re: st: sthlp file not displaying correctly


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: sthlp file not displaying correctly
Date   Fri, 9 Nov 2012 14:44:39 +0000

. ssc inst charlist

for one tool that may help if hidden characters are the problem.

On 9 Nov 2012, at 14:24, Sunil Kumar <stuff.sunil@googlemail.com> wrote:

Thank you Daniel and Nick. But the problem still continues (I've tried
with cmd in place of cmdab). If there are any tips on
detecting/getting rid of hidden characters then I'd be grateful. I
have tried writing the sthlp file with Textedit (A Notepad-like
program on mac) as well as with the Stata do-file editor, but the same
problem results.



On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
I can't reproduce this, although I am not on Mac. I suspect hidden characters.

A secondary point is that you invoke {cmdab:} but don't indicate
allowed abbreviation.

Nick

On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM, Sunil Kumar <stuff.sunil@googlemail.com > wrote:
Hello all,

I am trying to write an sthlp file for an ado command. But, it doesn't
seem to display correctly. I'm using Stata 12.1 for Mac.

In the sthlp file, I have the following text:

{phang}
{cmdab:gamma}{cmd:(}{it:numlist}{cmd:)} is required, and specifies the
values of Gamma at which Rosenbaum's sensitivity bounds are to be
calculated. {it: numlist} must contain 1, the level of Gamma at which allocation to treatment is assumed to be independent of unobservables.
{p_end}

But, when I access the file through Stata (typing -help mycommand-) it
appears as

   gamma(numlist) is required, and specifies the values of Gamma at
which Rosenbaum's sensitivity bounds are to be calculated.  numlist
must contain 1, the level of Gamma at which allocation to treatment is
assumed to b ndent of unobservables.

The offending bit is towards the end: "assumed to be independent of
unobservables" displays as "assumed to b ndent of unobservables". This pattern continues even if I substitute other text in between, as some
or other part always manages to disappear.

What am I doing wrong here?
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