03-26-2013 11:46 AM
Wondering what "best practice" is for generating a paragraph or two of text using ODS HTML.
So say you have a report, and want introductory text.
Do people use ODS TEXT= to write a paragraph (or more?)
Do people write the text to a dataset and then use PROC REPORT to print it?
I haven't had much need in the past to use SAS to write a paragraph. But in this case I'm sending an email (html) with a table, and want to add enough text to the beginning that folks will understand what they are getting.
03-26-2013 01:06 PM
I do a lot of text reports and rarely use ODS TEXT=. Just from my experiene, you get more reliability and consistency from your PROC REPORT solution. For starters, I use something like:
proc report data=whatever nowindows noheader
style(report) = [rules=none frame=void cellspacing=0]
Then, all the usual style elements you might need like margins, indentation, alignment, etc. all work as expected in REPORT to fancy things up a little.
If it helps, I did a poster on some of this stuff a while back: