[R] Transferring a dataset from WINXP to Mac - problems with umlauts

Frank Bloos frank.bloos at med.uni-jena.de
Fri Mar 30 09:23:46 CEST 2012

Indeed, I meant to transfer a dataframe. The dump method followed by source(encoding = "cp1252") worked fine.

Thank you very much. FB

Am 28.03.2012 um 14:52 schrieb Prof Brian Ripley:

> On 28/03/2012 13:27, David Winsemius wrote:
>> On a Mac running with a US locale, when I first type <option>-u (in
>> Mail.app that shows a highlighted "naked umlaut) and then type 'u' I get:
>> ü
>> Similarly with opt-u, 'a'
>> ä
> I don't think that was the problem: he very likely has a German keyboard in Jena.  Here's my guess.
> Your message dropped the contents for me, so pasting a bit from the original:
> 'is it possible to correctly display umlauts in a dataset, which has been created under WINXP, on a Mac-system?'
> Depends what is meant by 'a dataset'.  If this a a dataframe, I think the simplest thing to do would be to export it to csv (write.csv) on the Windows box, and then read it on the Mac with
> read.csv(..., fileEncoding="cp1252")
> (cp1252 being more plausible than latin1, and is a superset).
> Or use dump() on the object, and then source(encoding = "cp1252")
> It is also possible to save() the object on WinXP, load() on the Mac and then convert with iconv(), but that could be tedious if the non-ASCII characters are in more than one element.
> If this is not the right guess, we need something more explicit ....
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