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Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file

From   Neil Shephard <>
Subject   Re: st: Writing graphs to the log file
Date   Thu, 13 Nov 2008 14:03:56 +0000

Nick Cox wrote:
> I don't recall any bug or problem report from Neil about -log2html-. (I
> am one of the authors.) But -log2html- has precisely one aim: to convert
> Stata SMCL files to HTML. 
It was several years ago now that I was trying this but the fact that it
was somewhat quirky/unusual/outside the remit of -log2html- to be doing
is probably why I didn't report anything.
> If you want it to understand HTML written
> within your logs, then it will do so only by accident, not on purpose. 
This quick example shows that it wasn't straight-forward as the <img>
tag is converted to literal html and is displayed in the converted log
file rather than being interpreted and inserting the image.   I probably
ended up using some external tools (sed or such like) to achieve what I
was after.

  log using test, smcl replace
  sysuse auto, clear
  twoway scatter mpg weight
  graph export test.png, as(png) replace
  di "<img src='test.png' alt='here it is'>"
  log c
  log2html test, title("In-line graphs") replace
  erase test.smcl

I'll see if I can find my old do-files at some point if I've time and
work out what I did if anyone would find it useful.


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