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Re: [pre-lexer-2 1/4] command: Factor command name matching out of comma

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: [pre-lexer-2 1/4] command: Factor command name matching out of command.c.
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 07:19:00 +0000
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On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 04:27:27PM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
     John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:
     > I've no doubt this patch is an improvement.
     > However, I'm worried about how this is going to work with non-ascii 
     > For example some recent syntax files that I've seen have UTF-8 "hard" 
     > (0xc2 0x0a) instead of the normal ' '.
     Does SPSS actually treat a "hard space" as white space?  Looking
     at the C, Java, and XML standards, none of them appear to treat
     hard spaces as white space; it appears to be rejected as invalid.
I can only really answer that with a question: "What do you mean by `treat as 

Based upon syntax file examples that I have found on the web, it certainly
appears to be true that a hard space is interpreted as a keyword seperator in 

However other questions remain.  For example some comands (eg: AUTORECODE 
alter their behaviour when "blank" string values are encountered. I don't
know exactly what it means for a string value to be "blank".  If anyone 
can do some experiments with spss and report the results it would be
very much appreciated.


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