[Rd] British or American spelling?

Kurt Hornik hornik at ci.tuwien.ac.at
Sun Apr 27 15:05:59 MEST 2003

>>>>> Gordon Smyth writes:

> I was curious to read the following in the "Guidelines for Rd files" at 
> http://developer.r-project.org/Rds.html:

>      "For consistency, aim to use British (rather than American)
>      spelling.  (NB: British spelling often uses -ize as in
>      `capitalize'. The view of > spell -b of British spelling is a
>      flawed American one. There are English/Scottish differences
>      too.)"

> because R seems to use American spellings throughout, e.g., "color"
> instead of "colour".

> What is the current R-devel view on this?

I don't think it is 'throughout' but rather a mixture of both, for both
R and packages on CRAN, and I don't think we can force the exclusive
use of British spelling.  

Actually, this is one of the main motivations for having functionality
for fuzzy matching in R.


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