As Stacey mentioned in her last blog post, she’s a fan of the television show Lost, as I am too. Often our final few minutes of study group will discuss the numerous theories regarding the Lost castaways and their island stories and sideways stories. For 5 minutes or so, it’s nice to get lost in something besides certification!
The latest saga in the certification path leads us down the road to Producing HTML output. And somehow, these concepts seemed vaguely familiar to me. So perhaps in a parallel universe, I too have a sideways story! But, it’s time to get back to our journey towards becoming SAS Certified.
During our study group, there was some confusion regarding absolute and relative URLs. After some discussion, we decided to ask the SAS community to comment on when you use either of these. I understand that relative URLs are simple. But, considering the possible maintenance required with relative URLs, I’m wondering how often these are used. It seems like an absolute URL would be the best bet for the long term. Is that a correct assumption?
Another concept I’m still trying to understand is in one of the questions I missed in the quiz. Below is the question and answer.
When the code shown below is run, what file will be loaded by the links in D:Outputcontents.html?
D:\Output\contents.html? ods html body=’d:\output\body.html’ contents=’d:\output\contents.html’ frame=d:\output\frame.html’;
- There are no links from the file D:Outputcontents.html
The correct answer is: A. I’m looking for some clarification here other than the one-liner in the back of the book stating that the contents= option creates a table of contents that contains body links.
If you’re struggling with ODS or would like additional information on ODS topics, check out our new SAS Press book Output Delivery System: The Basics and Beyond by Lauren Haworth, Cynthia Zender and Michele Burlew.