[Rd] Internationalization of the Rcmdr package

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Wed Jul 20 21:55:37 CEST 2005

Dear r-devel list members,

I've prepared a version of the Rcmdr package that uses the new tools for
internationalization and localization in R 2.1.x. For the present, this is
the development version of the Rcmdr package (1.1-0), available at
<http://socserv.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Misc/Rcmdr/index.html>. There is
currently a French translation provided with the package, courtesy of
Philippe Grosjean. 

As far as I can tell so far, translations appear to work well, though the
tests have been limited since French uses the same character set as English.
Please let me know if you'd like to provide a translation into another
language. I'm especially interested in a language or languages that use
different character sets.

One problem that I've encountered is that the text for buttons (e.g.,
"Open", "Cancel", "Yes", "No") in the standard Tk dialogs (e.g.,
tk_getOpenFile and tk_messageBox via tkgetOpenFile() and tkmessageBox() in
the tcltk package) is not translated, at least under Windows XP, where I've
tested. I've seen translated buttons in Tk dialogs under Linux, so perhaps
this is a Windows-specific problem.


John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

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