Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 10:30:41 -0800
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From: "David L. Cassell" <cassell.david@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV>
Subject: Re: tip v9 knot use quotes in comments
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"Fehd, Ronald J. (PHPPO)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV> 'tip'sily pointed out:
> 815 +%*let's knot and say we did?!;
> 816 +%**PRCSWARN(3);
> 817 +%**PTO2SHIP(DATA = &DATA. ,VERB = W3C);
> 818 +%**PTO2SHIP(DATA = &DATA. ,VERB = W3C);
> 819 +
> 820 +%EXIT:
> 821 +RUN;%*................................................... iBuild;
> WARNING: The quoted string currently being processed
> has become more than 262 characters long.
> You may have unbalanced quotation marks.
Ah, yes. The joy of the single quote mark inside macro comments.
I believe I whined about this last year, in version 8 code. But
the problem is far older than that, going back at least to the
early days of version 6, if not long before version 5. I think my
example was even more whimsical than Ron's, giving an
'job security' snippet:
%* The conversion can't be overlooked ;
weight = 2.206*weight;
%* Now aren't you glad you did it? ;
Note that, since there are less than 262 characters there, you
don't get an error message. Hence your maintenance people will
actually think that your code converted the weights.
<insert evil laugh here>
I was really hoping this would get fixed, one of these days. I guess
this will have to go into version 13.2, along with Alastair's issues...
David Cassell, CSC