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Date:         Tue, 18 Sep 2001 17:08:35 -0400
Reply-To:     "Fehd, Ronald J." <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Fehd, Ronald J." <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Subject:      macro language enhancement
Comments: To: "SAS Suggest@sas. com (E-mail)" <suggest@sas.com>
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in the select clause allow a CR/LF == CarriageReturn+LineFeed as argument to the separated by clause.

This will facilitate reading and proofreading of long macro variables created by the into :<macro-variable-name> clause.

example: proc SQL noprint; select trim(MemName) into :LIST separated by " " from DICTIONARY.TABLES where MemType = "DATA" and LibName = "LIBRARY" ;quit; %PUT LIST<&LIST.>; This produces a looooong line, which is hard to read, since it runs past the viewable edge of the screen.

result: 845 %PUT LIST<&LIST.>; LIST<FMT0002 FMT0008 FMT0102 FMT9706 FMT9802 FMT9806 FMT9902 FMT9908 FORMATS

...>

if we have some special character: separated by "<name of automagic CR/LF>" then the desired result might be:

845 %PUT LIST<&LIST.>; LIST<FMT0002 FMT0008 FMT0102 FMT9706 ...>

vertically long, but neverthless, easier to comprehend

Ron Fehd the macro maven CDC Atlanta GA USA RJF2@cdc.gov


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