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st: RE: RE: re: TeX template for PDF help files

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: re: TeX template for PDF help files
Date   Sun, 22 Nov 2009 15:57:54 -0000

There is a notable asymmetry being overlooked here. Although SMCL can be
translated to HTML, its fundamental idea is quite different. SMCL is
emphatically for line by line mark-up and processing thereof, without
the end of document necessarily being in sight or even in existence.
Also, I know of no intent to make SMCL and HTML mutually translatable

If that weren't true, StataCorp could have seriously considered adopting
HTML for Stata help files, but it's a major reason SMCL exists. 


Schaffer, Mark E

I like this idea a lot.  Maybe Stata's -translate- should support
HTML->SMCL?  Everybody has an editor that can creat HTML output.  People
could write help files in HTML and then run them through -translate- to
get the necessary SMCL version.  It wouldn't work for fancy stuff, e.g.,
point-and-click examples that trigger the execution of Stata code, but
it would probably be good enough for simple help files.

Kit Baum 
> I can set up packages to automatically install any PDF files 
> included with the package; that is an option in the package 
> description. However that will not do you any good, as it 
> will just install the PDF files in /plus/whatever, where it 
> now installs the ado and sthlp files.  Until and unless Stata 
> has some official command to view help files in PDF as an 
> alternative (per second query) this would not be useful.
> Personally I think it would be more productive to write a 
> simple translator that would take, say, a LaTeX file 
> following a template and turn it into SMCL.

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