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Re: st: dual help files


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: dual help files
Date   Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:52:51 +0000

This seems only minutely different from just opening two help windows
one after the other.

But effectively simultaneous opening is also programmable. With e.g.

program myhelp
        help `1'
        help `2'
end

myhelp regress correlate

and that can be generalised to open as many help (viewer) windows as
there are arguments.

Your proposal, even if accepted by StataCorp, would still put the onus
on somebody to clone existing help files under an extension.

Nick

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM, Visintainer, Paul
<Paul.Visintainer@baystatehealth.org> wrote:
> I wonder whether it is possible to have dual help files open simultaneously when help is called for a command?  The two help files could be: the official help file for the command and a user-written help file.  I would like to create a user-help file that has additional examples and references, comments or warnings that I want to make sure I remember, references back to specific Stata listserv items or Stata online documents, etc., that help me use the command.  It would great if both help files opened when help is called.  I'm thinking along the lines of an additional file extension (like .sthlp or .hlp) specifically for user-written files, like .apdx (appendix) or .sup (supplement)

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