[EpiData-list] Export to SPSS, Variable names

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Fri Jun 24 05:49:40 CDT 2005


Hello,

I have a suggestion for the Epidata-Help-File, section
"Export to SPSS":

In Epidata you can use variable names (or field names) with
a maximum of 10 characters. In newer versions of SPSS (12
or 13) you can use long variable names (64 Byte = 64
characters), in older versions only 8 characters.

Exporting Epidata-fields with 10 characters to SPSS leads
to  shortened field names with 8 characters (for SPSS
before Version 12). That causes a lot of work (e.g.
renaming variables), if you think that 10 characters are
exported.

A hint in the Epidata-Help, that if the Data will be
analysed in SPSS, the field names should have max. 8
characters, will be usefull.

Greetings

Juergen Spiegel

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