Nested character states

Eric Gouda E.J.Gouda at BIO.UU.NL
Wed Sep 19 10:14:09 CEST 2001

> You are of right that you can achieve a similar effect by using 
> dependencies, but as far as I can see you will get a huge number of 
> characters (please correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand you 
> can only define dependencies between characters, not between character 
> states) with many character states which can be very confusing. Being 
> able to nest the characters would be - I believe - much more intuitive 
> and could save a lot work when coding the items.


It works more or less the same in Delta. You can make a next character 
dependent to a state of a former. So if you say for example petals blue 
and you make a next character with all kind of blue shades and 
combinations, you have to make this character dependent to that state 
(petals blue) of former character.


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