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st: RE: SSC Archive help files now available in HTML

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: SSC Archive help files now available in HTML
Date   Sun, 29 Mar 2009 15:08:24 +0100

This is very impressive. Are there any plans to distribute a conversion package from .sthlp to .html on SSC? (Or even in official Stata, in case any StataCorp people are listening?)

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Kit Baum
Sent: 29 March 2009 13:10
Subject: st: SSC Archive help files now available in HTML

Stas said

Looking up Stata official help files via comes extremely handy at times,
especially when I need to explain functionality of some commands to
non-Stata users, or when I am on somebody else's computer, or when I
do something in a remote terminal. Any way to twist the arms of that
help.cgi script to open help files outside StataCorp website? Of
course I can -view- them just fine from inside Stata, but I want to
find a relatively easy way to access the external help files using
just a standard browser.

Following up this wishlist item, the help-file contents of the SSC  
Archive (help ssc) are now available in HTML format.

To read the help for -abar- in a browser,  go to

For -egenmore-,

For -ivreg2-,

and so on. These are not produced on the fly, as StataCorp's cgi  
script does, but are static help files. They will be kept reasonably  
up to date.


PS> Producing 1,792 help files in HTML format took about 9 lines of  
ado code and 12 lines of Mata code. Probably could be optimized.

PPS> "y" aren't there any user-written Stata programs starting with  
"y"? Curious minds want to know...

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