[EpiData-list] Reserved names

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Tue Mar 21 03:19:40 CST 2006

If feasible, strategy a) would be my preference as it offers two things: 
first it teaches which field name is reserved, second that it cannot be 
used.  Strategy b) is not user-friendly, and strategy c) is less 
transparent than strategy a)

a. Adopt a strategy, where users are warned when creating files where
field names/variables are
   given the same names as a restricted word - a warning.

b. Maintain current where users will find out since either an error or
occur or nothing happens when
    they create confusion in this way - a "non-friendly" way towards users.

c. A strategy where field names cannot have the same names as functions.
- a restrictive strategy.

Hans L Rieder, MD, MPH
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