[Rd] SUGGESTION: Force install.packages() to use ASCII encoding when parse():ing code?

Hadley Wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 15:00:05 CET 2014

> I'm would perhaps not go as far as calling them dangerous, but non-ASCII
> characters in code are a mixed blessing which personally I'd opt to not
> have, on balance. Being German I can understand that people may want
> umlauted characters in their variable names, but where this catches on,
> it's just a matter of time that people get characters into their code that
> are different but indistinguishable in the font they use (I've seen this
> with \H{o} rather than a \"{o}), and mega-personmonths are wasted puzzling
> over tracking down these problems.

Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDN_homograph_attack



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