[Rd] R 2.1.1: read.table processes C-style escapes (PR#8037)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jul 27 09:21:41 CEST 2005

On Wed, 27 Jul 2005, Gordon Smyth wrote:

> Thanks for the reply. Apologies for checking only R patched rather than 
> R-devel.
> I guess that this means that someone must have a use for allowEscapes=TRUE 
> when read reading a file in table format into a data frame. It is hard to 
> imagine.

Octal and hex escapes are a common way to cope with different encodings.

I would not want R limited by the imagination of a single user, let alone 
a Windows-only user.

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