Historical elsets

Allen Thomson (thomsona@netcom.com)
Thu, 13 Nov 1997 19:04:55 -0800 (PST)

A word about the "one-line" format Jonathan has just mentioned: I use
it in my files to keep the element sets intact and to facilitate file
maintenances operations (sort, uniq, grep, etc). The traditional two-
line format can be reconstituted by extracting the left- and right-most
69 characters of the one-line form. In QBASIC,

open "oneline" for input as #1
open "twoline" for output as #2
while not eof(1)
line input #1, a$
 print #2, left$(a$,69)
 print #2, right$(a$,69)
 print #2, ""
wend
close
end

or its equivalent in perl or whatever.

The files as received from OIG appear to have some peculiarities
that I'm still learning about. For example, the elements for 1973
seem to have several strange features. I'd appreciate receiving
bug reports so I can fix my own processing routines or notify
OIG, as appropriate.