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Parameter Quoting

Quotes are not always required around a parameters value but I highly recommend you get into the habit of supplying them.

If you have used HTML tags before then you know that you can use either single or double quotes to quote a value, MAKEMSI supports these plus almost any other non-alphanumeric characters. MAKEMSI has no "escape" character sequences.

I tend to use double quotes for values that can't (or don't) contain double quotes and "^" for most other cases. Some examples of quoted strings follow:

  1. "ABC"

  2. 'ABC'

  3. ^ABC^

  4. ~A"b'C^~.

Note that depending on what code page is being used by default (or configured with "MAKEMSI_MM_CODEPAGE"), what appear to be different characters can be translated into the same character! This can result in "PPWIZARD" reporting quoting problems but you can't see this in the text editor you are using (its probably on a different codepage). This has happened to at least two different people on Japanese (using the "^" quote). If it happens to you check out your editors configuration otherwise the simplest solution is to use an alternative quote such as "#" or "!" etc.

EXAMPLES

;--- Create Feature (a number of items defaulting) --------------------------
<$Feature "F_Dennis" Title=^Dennis' "Feature"^ Attributes="3+4+5">
   ;--- Create Component (assign to feature) --------------------------------
   <$Component "C_Dennis" Directory_="WindowsFolder">
       ;--- Do stuff --------------------------------------------------------
       ;...
   <$/Component>

   ;--- Create SUB-Feature --------------------------------------------------
   <$Feature "F_Under_Dennis" CREATE="Y">  ;;CREATE="Y" REQUIRED here as no attributes supplied
       <$Component "C_Under_Dennis" ComponentId="" Directory_="WindowsFolder">
           ;--- Do stuff ----------------------------------------------------
           ;...
       <$/Component>
   <$/Feature>
<$/Feature>


;--- Update feature ---------------------------------------------------------
<$Feature "F_Dennis" Level="99" CREATE="N"><$/Feature>

;--- Reference existing feature ---------------------------------------------
<$Feature "Fred">
   'Just a reference (becomes default feature)
<$/Feature>


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