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Calcite | Level 5


     I have a small macro which conditionally executes code bases on state abbreviation. I want to execute some code for Oregon (State abbreviation OR). The code I am having trouble with is the following:

%MACRO Test(ST);
     %IF &ST. = OR %THEN %DO;
           %PUT State is Oregon.;
     %ELSE %DO;
           %PUT State is not Oregon.;


I think the issue is because OR is a keyword. The macro works fine for PA, or IN and so on but not for OR. Is there a quoting function or something I can use to overcome this issue? Thank you.

Lapis Lazuli | Level 10


%MACRO Test(ST);

     %IF &ST. = "OR" %THEN %DO;

           %PUT State is Oregon.;


     %ELSE %DO;

           %PUT State is not Oregon.;





A small tweak to the suggested solution:  double quotes on both sides.

%if "&st." = "OR" %then %do;

Macro quoting functions could be used, but at least for this simple test the double quotes will work fine.

Rhodochrosite | Level 12

macro quoting to protect against finding a variable resolves to what looks like logic is straightforward in this case.

rather that quotes use the function %str()

%if %str(&st) EQ %str(OR) %then %do;

  /* whatever you need to do for OR */


Jade | Level 19

I was thinking that %STR(&ST) would not be the right function but it does work when the value of ST=OR.  Guess I need to RTFM.

I think using and execution time function is safer.

19            %if %superq(st) eq %str(OR) %then %do;
20               %PUT ST=&st;
21               %end;
22            %else %put not or;
23            %if %str(&st) eq %str(OR) %then %do;
24               %PUT ST=&st;
25               %end;
26            %else %put not or;
27            %mend;
29         %ck(st=|)
not or
ERROR: A character operand was found in the
%EVAL function or %IF condition where a numeric operand is required. The condition was:
       &st eq OR
ERROR: The macro CK will stop
Rhodochrosite | Level 12

I can't be giving data_null_; explanations I'm used to those flowing in the other direction!

here %str() is suitable because of the limited range of values that &ST might take - all state abbreviations. the time when extra protection is necessary occurs when the macro variable might contain special symbols not "protected" by %str(). These special symbols % and & would be well protected by%superq() but might need no more than %nrstr() - depending on the timing required for resolving values.

IN general defensive programming recommends %superq() as data_null; suggested here.

%Str() is adequate on this occasion because we know what range of values &ST will take.

Quartz | Level 8

The following code works:

%MACRO Test(ST);

     %IF "&ST" = "OR" %THEN %DO;

           %PUT State is Oregon.;


     %ELSE %DO;

           %PUT State is not Oregon.;





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