[EpiData-list] Table command behavior (sort order and alignment)

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Sun Jan 16 09:09:47 CST 2005

Controlling alignment and sorting are separate issues.

This is the current strategy for implementation:

1. Sorting
  a. Numerical variables: by numerical code: 1,2,3..etc
  b. String variables:
       alfa: a,b,c,d,e,f .....1234 ABCEFG....123...

But also that we should introduce options such as:
  /reverse : meaning reverse order
  /count: based on how many counts are in each category.
  if count and reverse are combined smallest counts first
  /limit: Only show categories with more records than the indicated value

The options I do not expect to have ready in first version, but the 
general sort order will be fixed.

WIth the suggestions of Jamie Hockin there is a good work-around of how 
users could have a string variable containing numerical codes could be 
sorted according to numerical value correctly.

2. Alignment
Alignment is a completely different issue since this is not controlled 
by the individidual command, but rather by the formatting system of the 
output. All alignment and format is controlled by a "cascaded style 
sheet" contained in the file epiout.css. So for instance for the left 
most column this would be for right alignment:
   .firstcol {color: black ;font-size: 10pt;font-family: Fixedsys; 
font-weight: normal; text-align: right;    padding-right: 10px; }
and for left alignment:
   .firstcol {color: black ;font-size: 10pt;font-family: Fixedsys; 
font-weight: normal; text-align: left;    padding-right: 10px; }

I suggest test persons try to work out different variants of the style 
sheet and we could provide these with the installation routine.

Currently we are working on build 18 of analysis. We have managed to 
incorporate the same source code for reading chk files as in epidata, 
such that we secure complete correspondance btw. the two programs. THe 
other major change has been to increase the precision of the internal 
representation of real numbers. Both changes require a lot of testing 
and going over functions, this is why there has been a while since 
release of last build.

Kind regards

Jens Lauritsen
Initiator and Coordinator of EpiData.

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