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It's very helpful to name your graphic images in a consistent way when creating items in SAS/GRAPH with a name statement.  Currently we are limited to 8 characters.  It would be great to go to 32 characters as for variable and data set names.  I'm old enough to remember when we were limited to 5 characters for variable names on some antiquated systems (i.e. UNIVAC) so I'm pretty good at trimming down names but I'd rather not have to!

Super User

Since the graphic catalogs are pretty much tied to the device based graphics and SAS is moving to the "statistical graph" or more html based graphs I don't see this happening as it would require a major change to catalogs in general.


And I remember IBM BASIC where variable names were restricted to one letter and one digit for a maximum of 2 character names.

Lapis Lazuli | Level 10

Related is this suggestion. I understand that what @ballardw is saying is true, it would require a major change. But I really like this suggestion, and think it's a good idea. I have seen legacy code in my day that was still named <= 8 characters due to file name limits. With space (generally) not being an issue anymore, this should definitely be feasible.