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Re: st: quotation marks in do files

From   Russell Dimond <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: quotation marks in do files
Date   Wed, 26 Jan 2005 14:19:40 -0600

I've seen this one before: the trouble is that Word replaces standard quotation marks with curly quotation marks which Stata doesn't recognize, even when you save the document as text.

My recommended solution is to use a text editor to write programs rather than a word processor. Personally I'm a fan of TextPad. But if in Word you go to Tools, Autocorrect Options, then the Autoformat As You Type tab, and uncheck the box to replace "Straight quotes" with "smart quotes" (the irony!) you should avoid this particular issue. Others will arise.

Russell Dimond
Research Computing Specialist
Social Science Computing Cooperative
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Malgosia Madajewicz wrote:

Hi all,

In my do files, I use quotation marks around the directory in which the log and data files reside, because my folder names consist of more than one word. I write the do file in MS Word (2003) and save it as a plain text file. I have the following problem. Stata 7 does not recognize the quotation marks. It puts a question mark in their place and then gives the error message that the second word in a mutilple-word folder name is invalid. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

For a while my solution was to use MS DOS encoding, but as of today this does not solve the problem any more for some reason.

Thanks so much for your help,


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