"Fehd, Ronald J." <rjf2@CDC.GOV> replied [in part]:
> I note that an asterisk comment statement shows up in the SAS log.
> THEREFORE in order to keep from writing
> statements I -recommend- using macro+asterisk comments.
However, the coder has to watch out for the traps inherent in the
choice. What happens when your macro contains this choice tidbit?
%* You have to make this conversion, or you'll ruin the later code. ;
ratio = ratio * &GOLDEN_RATIO. ;
%* Now, aren't you glad you listened to me? ;
Oh yeah. The %* does NOT comment out the effect of single quotes
from the macro interpreter. SAS will see this as:
%* You have to make this conversion, or you
followed by something in single quotes, followed by
t you glad you listened to me? ;
which it will read as the end of the macro comment.
So your code would NOT make that crucial conversion above. Oops.
Maybe I should send this to Art Carpenter. :-)
David Cassell, CSC
Senior computing specialist