|SAS Companion for the Microsoft Windows Environment
The basic operation of the SAS System under Windows
has been enhanced as follows:
- Silent (unattended) Setup
- Improvements to Silent (unattended) Setup
allow it to be used for remote, unattended installations.
- multiple-user support
- To facilitate multiple users on the same
computer, the Setup program allows users to use separate SASUSER locations.
Since these folders are placed in locations that are separate from the main
SAS System image, network installations can be shared more easily.
- CD-ROM browser
- The Auto-run program that launches when
the SAS System CD-ROM is inserted has been enhanced. It now provides a custom
Web view of the SAS System CD-ROM. Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.02 (or above)
users will also see a custom Web view of the SAS CD-ROM that facilitates
its use with Internet Explorer.
- multiple-installation support
- Setup now handles separate invocations.
A single uninstall action correctly removes all previously installed SAS System
- Setup dialog box selections
- The Setup dialog boxes have been reorganized
so that Personal, Client,
and Server installations can be more easily selected
- network performance
- SAS configuration information has been better
organized so that performance across a network is improved.
- enhanced configuration file processing
- Multiple configuration files are now allowed
as well as embedding the CONFIG system option within a configuration file.
In addition, the SAS System will automatically search several locations for
- printing enhancements
- Printers are now identified using the printer
name, and you can print to any printer defined to the Windows Print Manager.
You no longer need to specify a port name. Additional improvements to printing
include new options that provide programmatic control of settings that were
previously available only in interactive dialog boxes.
- Using the Enhanced Editor, you can now use color coding
to differentiate SAS statements, check the syntax of your SAS System programs,
as well as edit multiple files simultaneoulsy.
- Program Editor enhancements include
- The CTRL+DELETE key deletes the current word instead
of the whole line.
- Using the ALT key when you hold the mouse button
selects a rectangular block of text.
- The SHIFT key in combination with the mouse button
extends the selection of a text area.
- When you are copying text to the clipboard, the
text stays selected after the copy.
- When you are pasting text into the Program Editor
while text is highlighted, the highlighted text is replaced with new text.
- The Sasfont bitmap font displays faster and looks
better on the display, so it is the default display font. The SAS Monospace
font looks better in printed output and scales to many point sizes, so it
is the default printer font and RTF clipboard font.
- Rich Text Format support
- The contents of a text window can be saved as an RTF file
using either the Save As dialog box or the WRTFSAVE command.
- dialog boxes
- For dialog boxes such as the Open or Save
As dialog boxes, file types and filenames are associated with the window that
invokes the dialog box. These changes allow the window that invokes the dialog
box to set the default file type and filename.
The DLGOPEN command has been enhanced to extend support
for complex filters, which include filters with spaces and single quotation
- font scripting
- The capability to specify the script (codepage)
to be used with a font is a new feature. With this feature, you can use fonts
that have codepages other than the default codepage currently used by the
SAS System. Font scripting is useful for international SAS users who use more
than one character set at a time. For example, users can now create SAS/AF
FRAME entries that use a Cyrillic, Greek, and Western European font at the
- The OLE automation server can access data that exists on
a remote machine using Distributed COM Configuration Properties.
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