Sometimes, you just need a little help adjusting to change. We introduced a lot of change when we updated support.sas.com in October of 2007. Then, the Publications Division brought out the SAS 9.2 documentation in the spring of 2008. More change.
We hope that the changes in the SAS 9.2 documentation offer you features that you've been waiting for. The biggest change is that the documentation is now integrated with the rest of the support.sas.com content. You can use the site search to locate content across all SAS Support content; or you can limit your search to just documentation, just documentation for SAS 9.2, or even to just one book. My favorite enhancement is the Product Documentation A-Z list
. If you know your product, it is easy to find the books, by title, that are associated with that product. We've never had a list like this before!
The SAS 9.2 documentation
also takes advantage of the topic browse feature that was introduced with Samples & SAS Notes in October. With topic browse, you don't have to know a product name or a book title. You can find content based on the subject. For example, if you are interested in CALL routines, simply go to the SAS 9.2 Documentation page and select the CALL routines
link from the SAS Reference
category. You will get a list of 10 books that address CALL routines. You can select the book most likely to help you based on the book title and description. If that doesn't work, you can search the text of the 10 books by submitting a search query in the Search
box in the body of the page. (See the image below.) The search you submit from this search field searches only the current results set.
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Helen Weeks, a member of the SAS Publications Division, wrote an article to help you get the most out of the new documentation features. She created a hints table that compares how you used to use the SAS OnlineDoc with how you might use the new SAS 9.2 documentation. If you are still learning your way around, take a look at Helen's Product Documentation for SAS 9.2 article
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