[Rd] the empty class name

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Wed Sep 17 12:48:02 MEST 2003

As Henrik Bengtsson has just demonstrated on R-help,
it is currently valid to have *the* empty class name.
print. <- function(x, ...) { 
       cat("Empty class ", x,"\n") 

x <- 1:2; class(x) <- "" 


  > x
  Empty class  1 2 

I see that it also works in S+6  but still do wonder if this is
not rather an accident than a feature.

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