On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM, Allin Cottrell <cottrell@wfu.edu> wrote:
On Mon, 23 Aug 2010, Summers, Peter wrote:

> I've had a few things on my wish list for gretl for some time
> now, and in preparation for the coming semester I thought I'd
> finally get around to proposing them. These are features that
> are available on other programs that I use (matlab mostly), that
> I think would streamline gretl a bit (for me, anyway).
> 1)  have some way to clear the console window (but retain the
> command history), like clc in matlab

Why is that a useful thing? (I know it seems to be a popular
notion, that any sort of terminal-like application should have a
"clear screen" function, but I don't understand its popularity.
If you'll pardon me, it seems rather anal-compulsive.)

> 2)  allow formatting of rtf model output similar to what's
> available for LaTeX (number of digits reported, etc)

If you've ever tried to code an RTF table... Sorry, but the RTF
table syntax is seriously, seriously horrible to the point of
being almost unusable. (One index of how horrible it is: a
slightly mal-formed RTF table can easily crash any Microsoft
Office application. Yes, crash it, not just have the table
rejected.) I really don't want to go there, but if any other brave
soul is willing then we'll entertain patches.

I did successfully created a program that outputted a two column table with header. Maybe is a too simple example, but I would like to contribute to Gretl code with this. What do you think, Allin? Should I get my hands dirty on this? ;)

> 3)  allow matrices to be copied or exported from the icon view
> to excel, latex, csv, etc. Being able to control the number of
> digits would be nice here too.

Given that we're showing matrices in the Icon View, I agree that
it makes sense to be able to copy/export them in some form via the
GUI. I think the practical formatting options are (a) the
equivalent of what the "mwrite" function does, and (b)
comma-separated values.

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