[Rd] Want non-ASCII characters in data package

Kevin R. Coombes kevin.r.coombes at gmail.com
Wed Dec 29 17:45:21 CET 2010


I have a data frame that includes several names that (if typeset 
correctly) require accented characters not available in the ASCII 
character set.

I'd like to include this data frame as example data in an R package.  
I'd also like the R CMD check warning about the use of non-ASCII 
characters to go away, in part so I could submit the package somewhere 
that wouldn't balk at the presence of the warning.  (I gather from older 
posts that there are environment variables to skip this check.  Those 
will work for me personally but will not necessarily appease the 
maintainers of sites like CRAN where I might want to submit the package.)

Is there any way to use the correctly accented characters by setting a 
different character encoding or equivalent for the data frame? Or am I 
forced to remove the offending accents in order to be ASCII-pure and 
thus leave people and places with an incorrect representation of their 


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