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Re: [patch #5511] Clean up variable formats

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: [patch #5511] Clean up variable formats
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 06:41:11 +0800
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On Fri, Nov 03, 2006 at 06:32:42AM -0800, Ben Pfaff wrote:
     > If not, it ought to be locale dependent.  
     I actually don't think so: the SPSS manuals don't say anything
     about adaptation to language here, and so I assume that these are
     not locale dependent.
     > On the other hand, if debug is the primary motivation for this
     > function, then maybe it ought to be seperate from
     > dollar_format_template which is for user interaction.
     I think they have a different purpose: fmt_date_template is for
     internal use in parsing and output, dollar_format_template is
     useful for user interaction.

OK.  I agree.  The syntax should not be dependent upon locale (except
perhaps that identifiers can come from different character sets).  In
that case, fmt_date_template and dollar_format_template should be
distinct functions.   However it might still be a good idea to put
them both in the same place (and rename them so that their purpose is


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