[R] Replacing underscore character in Windows GUI

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Wed Aug 13 01:01:50 CEST 2003

"nels.tomlinson.1" <tomlinso at purdue.edu> writes:

> I'd like to propose that now that the underscore-as-assignment-operator
> is to be removed from R (good thing, too), that the Windows GUI should
> replace the underscore ``_''  with the proper assignment operator ``<-''
> when you type in the underscore character.
> This is the current default behaviour in the ESS mode in emacs, and seems
> to me to be a generally good idea.  If no one can come up with a good
> reason not to do this, I hope that the maintainers of the GUI will put it
> on their to-do list.

One of the purposes of deprecating then disallowing the underscore as an
assignment character is to allow its use in names.

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