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Re: st: including parentheses in stata helpfile


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: including parentheses in stata helpfile
Date   Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:21:46 +0100

Round, square and curly brackets are excellent terms and have the
merit of using simple words where simple contrasts are implied.
Knowing them is as much as I would hope our rather good British
students to know.

Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com


On 11 June 2013 14:59, Sergiy Radyakin <serjradyakin@gmail.com> wrote:
> And the classy page here is also quite entertaining:
> http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2008/06/ascii-pronunciation-rules-for-programmers.html
> Does anybody know what's the story behind the "wax/wane" naming?
>
> Nick, in quite a few languages ({[< are denoted with two words, where
> one is responsible for the concept of 'join' and the other for
> 'shape'. Hence whatever English word you first learn for 'join'
> usually sticks for life. Thus I am more likely to say "round brackets"
> and "square brackets", rather than "parentheses" and "brackets" (and
> to some extent because of the excruciating pain of spelling
> parentheses/parenthesis).
>
> Best, Sergiy
>
> On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 3:50 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have never heard { } being called parentheses before
>>
>> For a comprehensive, and also informative and entertaining, list see
>>
>> http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/A/ASCII.html
>>
>> Nick
>> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>>
>> On 11 June 2013 05:59, Stas Kolenikov <skolenik@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> help smcl##ascii gives:
>>>
>>> {c -(}    { (left curly brace)
>>> {c )-}    } (right curly brace)
>>
>>> On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM, Matthias Schonlau
>>
>>>> How Do I put a parenthesis in a (user-written) stata help file example?  My helpfile includes this line:
>>>>         forval i=1/5 open bracket
>>>> but should read
>>>>         forval i=1/5 {
>>>> The problem is that
>>>>         {p 4 8 2}{inp:. forval i=1/5 open bracket }
>>>> Already contains a }.  Thanks for suggestions!
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