[R] Handling special characters in reading and writing to CSV

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Tue Feb 4 22:44:13 CET 2014

On Feb 4, 2014, at 7:58 AM, Venkata Kirankumar wrote:

> Hi All,
> I have some data with different special characters, newline character, and
> different language characters in a CSV file like `~!@#$%^&*|
> ()-_+={[}]|\:;""'<,>.?/
> in data, while I am trying to read this CSV and trying to do calculations I
> am not able to get this data as there in single cell. I found something
> like RFC 4180 format can help to solve this problem.
> If anyone can give suggestion related to handling these special characters
> it will be help full for me

I'm having a difficult time understanding your expectations and thedata situation. If it's a "csv file",  then how can all three of <comma>, <single-quote>, and <double-quote> be properly distinguished when they are also part of the data?

You might consider using readLines (from base) or read.fwf (from the utils package)

> Thanks in advance,
> D V Kiran Kumar
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David Winsemius
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