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by Super User
on ‎09-16-2016 04:17 AM

Havent used the inbuilt SAS help for many years, agree its a bit naff but then the editor is also naff.  If I need to look anything up then

Google SAS <term>

is far simpler.  Mind you, same goes for most things nowadays, for most topis I would Google (or one of the private ass through ones anyways) for results, even before looking at manuals and such like.  They may be part of SkyNet, but their search is better than most.

As for learning material, there is so much out there.  Anything with LexJansen, Phuse if your Pharma orientated, Sanjay's blog at:

http://blogs.sas.com/content/graphicallyspeaking/

For graphing etc.

by Regular Contributor
on ‎09-16-2016 09:25 AM

Great recommendations by @RW9. I also highly recommend sasCommunity.org. Google is optimal for searching for documentation. To complement this, the sasCommunity.org wiki has daily tips, many pages that link to documentation and conference papers/presentations, and guides written by users. Plus, you are welcome to contribute.

 

See also sasCommunity.org Planet, a landing page with links to a plethora of blogs.

by Frequent Contributor
on ‎09-16-2016 08:29 PM

I also use Google and various forums (including this one) - but surely the inbuilt help should also work effectively. Particularly when looking for straightforward syntax guides. (Curious also that Google always goes to the 9.2 manual rather than 9.4).

by SAS Moderator
on ‎10-10-2016 04:39 PM

You’re right, @BruceBrad.  Those are not optimal search results.  We test our Search to ensure that it retrieves relevant links but there’s more room for improvement to prioritize and optimize search results as you’ve suggested. I’ve taken the feedback you’ve provided here, as well as those you emailed me separately, to our development team.  We’ll investigate more ways to improve the ranking of search hits from our help systems.  Thanks for the feedback!

 

As for hyperlinking cross-references, we can work to address these as well. We do have some hyperlink limitations based on the different delivery schedules and deadlines of various documents as different times. However, we can work to make sure all possible hyperlinks are activated.

 

I agree that Google’s ranking of SAS 9.2 content higher than SAS 9.4 is frustrating. The SAS web team has been looking into it for a while.  There are a number of factors that cause this. One reason is that the more hits a page gets, the higher it is ranked by Google. Our older content has been read more often than our new content so it gets prioritized higher.  The SAS web team is mitigating some of these issues so hopefully we will all see an improvement soon.

 

Thanks again for all of this great feedback! Suggestions like yours help us improve our products and therefore help all SAS users.

 

Mark

SAS Documentation Development

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