[EpiData-list] EpiData Analysis updated to v3.0 - public production version available.

EpiData development and support epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Thu Jun 25 04:03:07 CDT 2020

Dear all

The development since since January has resulted in a new public version 
of EpiData Analysis. You may download this from the 

Analysis is released as version 3.0 to avoid confusion with EpiData 
Analysis Classic, which will NOT be updated from version 2.2.

The main new aspect is that the requirement of having [_n] in many 
commands has been removed. This makes the syntax much simpler and closer 
to the one used previously.

The improvements and known issues  are summarized in my previous mail. A 
few more adaptations has been introduced, e.g. finetuning of menu's and 
changing the "erase" command, which is now giving a message if the file 
was found or not.

Please continue to discuss and comment on this list.

One aspect questioned was the possibility of changing the background to 
black and text to yellow in Analysis. This is easily done by going into 
the main "edit" menu, where "colour" now is available. You may also add 
the following to your setup file, which will set these new values as the 
set "OUTPUT BG COLOUR" := "#2B1616";

In the Editor the highlighting of known commands makes it a bit more 
subtle, such that you can only change fonts and sizes. (depending on the 
operating system).

Best wishes

Jens Lauritsen

EpiData Association, Denmark

Dear list-readers

> A new updated version of EpiData Analysis (v1.7.99.1) has been placed 
> for your testing on http://epidata.dk/testing.php
> Please find below a summary of the changes. In particular notice that 
> the requirement of [_n] in pgm's has been removed, unless you refer to 
> a given observation. I expect the release as public in the coming week 
> or the week after. Please test and report to this list.
> As part of my job as a clinical epidemiologist and professor at the 
> Odense University Hospital here in Denmark I have extensively tested 
> the software during the last three months. We now use the pre-public 
> version on a daily basis.
> Now we have a running system in new EpiData Analysis. It is run by 
> secretaries, who have no experience in programming. They just click an 
> icon to accomplish:
> a.import a csv file saved daily from our main IT-patient registration 
> system (EpiData Analysis)
> b. merge with previously controlled observations to evaluate only new 
> observations (EpiData Analysis)
> c. quality securing coding in the patient journal. (EpiData EntryClient)
> d. create SPC graphs in classic analysis (EpiData Analysis Classic)
> e. create lists for audit of patients where the quality standards were 
> not met.
> To run the system in the revised new analysis we only lack possibility 
> of creating graphs, which I expect to include in the coming months, if 
> all goes well ready by the end of this year.
> One other aspect we need to tackle is the increasing demand for safety 
> certificates and documentation in relation to secure systems. If any 
> of you are experienced in this area please write me an e-mail (jl at 
> epidata.dk) .
> Without the efforts of Torsten Bonde Christiansen (Software design and 
> programming), Jamie Hockin (testing, programming, Mac adaptation) and 
> Hans L. Rieder (testing, approving solutions) the software would not 
> continue to develop.
> Please look into the website for inspiration: 
> https://tbrieder.org/epidata/epidata.html
> Best wishes
> Jens Lauritsen, coordinator and initiator.
> EpiData Association, Denmark
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> Changes since v1.6.0.0
> Major improvement:
> - [_n] is no longer needed, except when desired.
> - editor: Completely new. Many aspects improved. Works better in MacOs
> - new !output option with save command - allows saving output content 
> as html
> - new "set" option to control format of saved output html|txt
> - new "set" option allows user definition of css styles in saved html 
> output
> - new "set" option defines internal css or external reference to css 
> file in html output
> - extended fast createdate function allows conversion of date strings 
> with named months.
> - extended createdate function allows use of national month naming 
> defined in set
> Other new aspects:
> - mergevar added as the last in a merged dataset
> - default dataset used after merge is the merged one
> - keyboard shortcuts unified and simplified.
> - main window opens immediately if started with a pgm
> - many commands: unified option naming, e.g. !l is labels
> Bug fixes: - all solved
> - keep : if used in a "for loop" errors could occur
> - Assignment: incorrect control of missing in string variables
> - validate duplicate : error if a variable was missing
> - many minor other bugs or inconsistencies
> Bug fixes: - partially solved
> - errors in calculations when dividing by zero.
>     fixed in Linux and MacOS, but not in windows always.
> Known issues at this point:
> - Analysis does NOT handle header "variables" at all (except keeping 
> defined ones).
> - Sometimes windows 10 gives a "list - index out of bounds" error
>    in particular when running a selected block from the editor or when 
> running several pgm files within a pgm.

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