[Rd] NEWS.md support on CRAN

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Sat May 30 08:53:11 CEST 2015

> On 30 May 2015, at 01:20 , Imanuel Costigan <i.costigan at me.com> wrote:
> So I assume this commit means NEWS.md is now no longer on blacklist? 

....in the development version. Not true of released versions.


> https://github.com/wch/r-source/commit/9ffe87264a1cd59a31a829f72d57af0f1bfa327a
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> On 23 May 2015, at 6:05 pm, Kurt Hornik <Kurt.Hornik at wu.ac.at> wrote:
>>>>>>> Duncan Murdoch writes:
>>>> On 22/05/2015 8:49 PM, Imanuel Costigan wrote:
>>>> Are there any plans for CRAN to support NEWS files in markdown? Bit of a hassle to go the the package’s Github (or other like) site to read NEWS.
>>> Not as far as I know.  There have been discussions about increasing the
>>> support of Markdown, but so far the conclusion has been that it's too
>>> hard to do -- the support is not stable enough on all the platforms
>>> where R runs.
>> There are actually two issues here.
>> For CRAN, we could in principle take inst/NEWS.md files, convert these
>> to HTML using pandoc, and use the HTML for the package web page.  (Would
>> need the CRAN incoming checks to be taught about inst/NEWS.md.)
>> However, we cannot use such files for utils::news() because we do not
>> (yet?) know how to reliably parse such files and extract the news items
>> (and hence cannot really compute on the news information).
>> Btw, currently only one package on CRAN has inst/NEWS.md (another one
>> has NEWS.md at top level).
>> Best
>> -k
>>> Markdown is allowed for vignettes (because the package author processes
>>> those), so I'd suggest putting your news into a vignette instead of a
>>> news file.  Put in a token news file that points to the vignette so
>>> users can find it.
>>> Duncan Murdoch
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