[Rd] Windows script editor and locale

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jan 21 16:57:45 CET 2011

There is no support for files in alternative encodings in RGui's 
menus: not to source files nor to load into a pager or the script 
editor.  (I believe all of those long predate any support for 
encodings in R.)

Such provision is rather rare on Windows: files are almost everywhere 
assumed to be in the current Windows codepage (or sometimes WinANSI, 
as in the 'Command prompt' terminal) or in so-called Unicode (usually 
UCS-2LE, possibly UTF-16LE, with a BOM).

I think you could equally ask the same question in reverse: AFAICS the 
R.app GUI has no support for Latin-1 nor UCS-2LE files.  At least in 
our UK experience, the proportion of non-Windows users is so low that 
it is those (including this instructor) who expect to adjust.

What might make some sense is for file.edit() to gain a 'fileEncoding' 
argument so this could at least be done from the command-line.

On Fri, 21 Jan 2011, peter dalgaard wrote:

> Maybe I'm just overlooking something, but I can't figure out how to 
> set/change the locale of a file loaded into the built-in script 
> editor on Windows.
> The generic issue is that if I make a teaching script on a Mac, save 
> it to a USB stick, and open it in the script editor in a classroom, 
> then special Danish characters in the comments come out as two-byte 
> sequences, which are pretty unsightly. I know that I can convert the 
> file with iconv (or iconv()), but then I'd have to maintain two 
> copies of the same file for the two operating systems, if I want the 
> students to access it. Would be nice if there was something like a 
> set-coding-system to call up via a menu item.
> Any pointers?
> -- 
> Peter Dalgaard
> Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
> Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
> Phone: (+45)38153501
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