R-alpha: Latin-1 characters / Locale etc.

Ross Ihaka ihaka@stat.auckland.ac.nz
Fri, 28 Nov 1997 12:40:25 +1300 (NZDT)

Martin Maechler writes:
 > Hmm, so we would follow the Unix locale philosophy.
 > I could live with it.
 > It has however, a distinct drawback:
 > You can write R code which works with R compiled in one environment but
 > fails with --identical R source code-- compiled in a different environment.
 > While this is true for things like 'readline' and 'proc.time / system.time',

I would tend to agree that this is a drawback.  I'd rather see a
locale independent solution.  So let me repeat my invitation ...
If someone will send me a function which identifies the set of
characters which can be used in identifiers (in addition to "."), I
will add it to the sources.

Getting it exactly right first time probably isn't crucial.
I'm sure we'll here form anyone who feels slighted :).
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