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Special {define} Processing
When you define a macro using {define}, special processing takes place. In {define}, all sequences of spaces, tabs and newlines in the template, as well as all "non-spaces" between words are turned into a single \| character. If the template ends with a parameter, the \& character is added at the end.
If you want to match a real tab or newline, you can use \t or \n, respectively. For example, a macro that reads an entire line and uses it as the name of an employee is defined with:
{define; get $n\n; \~~~~ret (e.all) where e.name = 
''n''}
This macro can be used by typing:
get *Stan*
to get all information about everyone with a name that included "Stan." You can nest the ret macro inside the get macro as long as ret is previously defined.
Last modified date: 06/10/2024