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RE: st: dual help files

From   "Visintainer, Paul" <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   RE: st: dual help files
Date   Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:37:50 -0500


I don't understand the cloning part.  If it were possible to make available an additional extension to help (e.g., .supp), then any additional file that the user added would just open simultaneously.  For exampling, typing -h xtmixed- would open xtmixed.sthlp and also xtmixed.supp, if the user had created one.  If xtmixed.supp weren't created, then only the official window would open.   The same would apply to .hlp files.  Where would the cloning apply?

By the way, I'm going to try your -myhelp- suggestion. This would be a great help.  Right now I have notes spread over different locations and formats (e.g., documents, pdfs, etc).  If all this could be organized into one additional help file, it would be quite useful.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: st: dual help files

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'

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.


On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM, Visintainer, Paul
<> 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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