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st: Re: st: Problems with insheet with non-standard delimiter ø

From   daniel klein <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: Re: st: Problems with insheet with non-standard delimiter ø
Date   Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:53:56 +0200

Just found the Mata function -ascii()-. Typing

mata : ascii("<ALT +155>")

where <ALT +155> should be replaced by the actual charcater, returns
248, indeed.


I copied your example from the Statalist archives. Have a look at
Stata's -char()- function. If you know the ASCII code of the
delimiter, you may code something like

. insheet using "foobar.txt" ,delim(`= char(248)') clear

where you replace 248 with the ASCII code. Number 248 is my guess,
based on the output you get from -asciiplot- (Blasnik, Juul, Cox)
available from the SSC.

Also, you should update to Stata 11.2.


Dear Daniel,

thank you for the answer. I tried on my desktop: Windows 7
Professional with Stata 11.1 and on a Sever with Windows Server 2003
and Stata 10.1. Neither works.

it is funny how these letters keep changing.
In my original database and email I had the letter ø (which is printed
typing : ALT +155 (with the numbers keyboard part)
In your code bellow, at least the way I see it here,  you have used
the letter shown here:


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