Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 20:21:38 -0500
Reply-To: Lou <lpogoda@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Lou <lpogoda@HOTMAIL.COM>
Organization: Aioe.org NNTP Server
Subject: Re: RTF question
"joey m" <sasuser.joey.m@GMAIL.COM> wrote in message
> Hi All:
> I am using SAS 9.1.3 to produce some RTF documents, then opening them in
> Word 2003.
> Do you know if migrating to Word 2007 would cause a major glitch with the
> RTF produced by SAS? (problems to read them, change of format, etc). Will
> need to change something in my SAS code, maybe?
> I will try to get a friend with Word 2007 to open my RTF, but before, I
> wanted to check if some of you had a similar situation.
> As always, thanks a bunch.
"Using SAS 9.1.3" is just too general - there must be a million ways to use
any release of SAS to write RTF. For instance, at a previous job, "they"
were using SAS 9.something-or-other to write RTF, but what they were doing
was calling a ten year old macro that wrote RTF,
That kind of thing aside, even if what you mean is you're using ODS to the
RTF destination, it's still possible to insert stuff into the resulting RTF
using style clauses and direct RTF code, and without knowing the details,
it's impossible to know if all of it will be compatible with the latest spec
Assuming you're using plain old vanilla ODS to RTF, no style clauses in your
PROC REPORTs, no programmer-written RTF insertions, last time I looked SAS
aimed their RTF at Microsoft's 2003 spec. Assuming that's still the case,
I'd expect Word 2007 to handle the resulting documents just fine. But I
don't think anyone can give you a guarantee.
On that previous place of employment mentioned above, when they stepped up
to Word 2007, all of a sudden the first letter of the first title statement
was no longer visible when you were looking at page 1 of the document - on
subsequent pages everything looked fine.