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Ken_oy
Fluorite | Level 6

Hi, everyone,

I try to use "call symput" do the following step,

I want to do:

data test;

call symput("test_name", "Kid's First Test");

run;

%put &test1;

but I don't think in my code the "call symput" can deal with a string with a " ' ".

Any help? thanks.

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Quentin
Super User

Hi,


Actually, CALL SYMPUT doesn't mind the unmatched single quote (since it is inside double quotes).  But it cause problems for the %PUT statement.

If you wrote

  %put Kid's First Test ;

That apostrophe would look to SAS like an unmatched single quote, and cause problems.

When &test_name resolves to that value, the single quote causes the same problems.

To avoid the problems, you mask the apostrophe by using macro quoting functions.

For example:

  %put %bquote(&test_name)  ;

or

  %put %superq(test_name) ;

HTH,

--Q.

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Quentin
Super User

Hi,


Actually, CALL SYMPUT doesn't mind the unmatched single quote (since it is inside double quotes).  But it cause problems for the %PUT statement.

If you wrote

  %put Kid's First Test ;

That apostrophe would look to SAS like an unmatched single quote, and cause problems.

When &test_name resolves to that value, the single quote causes the same problems.

To avoid the problems, you mask the apostrophe by using macro quoting functions.

For example:

  %put %bquote(&test_name)  ;

or

  %put %superq(test_name) ;

HTH,

--Q.

BASUG is hosting free webinars Next up: Don Henderson presenting on using hash functions (not hash tables!) to segment data on June 12. Register now at the Boston Area SAS Users Group event page: https://www.basug.org/events.
data_null__
Jade | Level 19

When the text is resolved you need to be sure that text does not cause errors.  Typically that is done with quoting functions %SUPERQ %BQUOTE etc.

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