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Reinstate fixed width font functionality in SPSS syntax files

SPSS v25 does not allow you to change the font that syntax is displayed in to a fixed width font such as Courier. This makes it extremely different to edit syntax files because it's hard to see the difference between "' and '". We use single and double quotes interchangeably when doing string manipulation in SPSS, particularly when using syntax to write syntax into a string field so that it can subsequently be exported as text file (.sps) and then called later in the syntax. We also have instances where we write syntax to write syntax to write syntax where we have to nest and alternate " and '.

'" is <single quote><double quote>

"' is <double quote><single quote>

These look identical in a proportional font, so it's extremely hard to spot errors in syntax.

  • Guest
  • Jun 20 2018
  • Future Consideration
Role Summary Syntax Scripters
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