[Rd] Copyright issues question

Eric Lecoutre lecoutre at stat.ucl.ac.be
Mon Jun 14 17:27:39 CEST 2004

Hi to the Devel list,

I am at present developping a little Excel add-in that would consist into a 
translation of John Fox RCommander package.

The idea is to have R code that recreates within Excel the menus and some 
VBA part that handles data input and outputs (those beeing redirected to 
HTML and imported within Excel in a user-transparent way).

Actualy, a first beyta version of this add-in exists and has been tested 
successfully on both Office 2000 and Office 2002, although John Fox didn't 
success to make it work on his Office 2003.

We intended to deliver this add-in as a component of the Rcmdr package. But 
Philippe Grosjean told me I may have problems with that as Excel is 
definitively not GPL... In a way, this add-in provides the R/Rmcdr-power to 

What sort of exact problems can we expect to have? Should we consider to 
propose this as Open Source and not GPL? Do we have to obtain the agreement 
of the R Core Team?



Eric Lecoutre
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