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Re: st: Where's the title?

From   Steven Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: Where's the title?
Date   Sun, 22 May 2011 20:37:08 -0400

(Art wrote me privately, but I am answering here.)

No, I don't think the manual should change, although I see how somebody could be misled, once. The default of one line per command is pretty basic.

On page 11, the Graphics Manual states that the different lines of a single command were written  between a line "#delim ;" and a single line with ";", but never mentions the issue again. 

There are two other ways of breaking a command into multiple lines: commenting out the line ending  with "/*"  and "*/" or using " ///".  Showing any one of them would not only take unnecessary space but would convey the message that the illustrated technique is preferred. 

On May 20, 2011, at 3:47 PM, Art Burke wrote:

Steve … Thanks, you’re right. I followed the syntax below from the manual. Should Stata change that?

. graph bar (mean) wage, over(smsa) over(married) over(collgrad)
title("Average Hourly Wage, 1988, Women Aged 34-46")
subtitle("by College Graduation, Marital Status, and SMSA residence")
note("Source: 1988 data from NLS, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics")


You are breaking the lines so that the last two are ignored.  Use "   ///" after the first two lines.


On May 20, 2011, at 3:23 PM, Art Burke wrote:

This syntax is generating the plot, but without title and note. What am I doing wrong?

graph hbar (asis) pct, over(year) over(proforder) over(level, sort(order))
    title("Percentages of LEP Students")
    note("Source: Idaho State Department of Education")

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