[R] Problems in Recommending R

Wacek Kusnierczyk Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk at idi.ntnu.no
Fri Feb 6 09:00:37 CET 2009

Patrick Connolly wrote:
> On Sun, 01-Feb-2009 at 11:34PM -0500, Stavros Macrakis wrote:
> |> A first step that would make the current Web page look much better
> |> would be to anti-alias the demonstration graphic.  The current graphic
> |> makes R graphics seem (falsely!) to be very primitive. I'm afraid I
> |> don't know how to do the anti-aliasing myself.
> |> 
> |> Replacing the fixed-width, typewriter-style font with something a bit
> |> more elegant might also be good....
> I'd say it would not be good.  Fixed-width fonts are desirable when
> it's for code (of any language).  

not necessarily.  when you do not need clearly visible number of spaces
in indents or formats, why care.  very many books on programming could
have a better look had the authors (or editors) not insisted on having
the code in fixed-width.  in most cases i write my code with
variable-width font, and it feels much better to my eyes.  it's just a
matter of taste, perhaps ask psychologists if you really want it
quantified before making a grounded decision.


> The example www.knime.org site uses
> proportional fonts for R code which makes it hard to read IMHO.  I
> really dislike that.
> What's wrong with a spartan look?  Google has flourished with a
> no-unnecessaries approach to home page clutter.

Wacek Kusnierczyk, MD PhD

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