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Re: st: V.8 chokes on quotes

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   Re: st: V.8 chokes on quotes
Date   Thu, 20 Feb 2003 19:52:06 +0000

At 11:32 20/02/03 -0800, Glen R. Waddell wrote:
I use Word as my text editor.  The "smart quotes" that Word applies have
not given me trouble in earlier versions, but I have found that v.8
chokes on them, yielding an invalid syntax error.

Any ideas?
The best idea is to start using a better text editor. In Stata, type

findit texteditors

to find out about a selection of text editors you might use instead, their relative pros and cons, and why they are all better than Word. (In particular, they do not apply so-called "smart quotes".)

I hope this helps.


Roger Newson
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Department of Public Health Sciences
King's College London
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