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Re: pspp 0.04, users, datafile

From: Jaap-Andre de Hoop
Subject: Re: pspp 0.04, users, datafile
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 09:16:56 +0100

> Road map on what functionality are we concentrating in the near future
> (system file that now is comparable with spss 6?, addition with
> variable width commando (spss10?))

I'm not sure what you mean regarding system files.  As far as I
know, we're compatible with all SPSS system files, excluding SPSS
12 system files with long file names.  I would like to add
support for those, too.

What do you mean by "addition with variable width commando"?

It's is possible to read pspp systemfiles to all spss versions. However in newer versions of spss you can set the width of the cells in the data-editor (gui) by using the commando: variable witdh varname (n). That is very usefull for long characterdata. For instance if you define a variable with format varname (a255). Spss shows only this variable on the screen. By setting variable width you can limit the number of characters to display (in the data-editor (say excelscreen). Also in spss version 13 the limitations of variables and value labels has been extended (a lot), but I don't know what this means for the backward compatability (yet), spss has not been released in Holland yet. I think this last extension would be even more usefull. But is also more difficult to incorporate...


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