[R] Reading unicode files?

Henrik Bengtsson hb at maths.lth.se
Thu Aug 22 11:45:59 CEST 2002

Are there any plans to support reading of unicode text files? I realize this
would require a totally new internal structure of character strings, but
what about a "brute force" reading where all unicode characters are
converted to ASCII characters? I do not know how much extra it would take;
maybe the underlying libraries already support this? Why do one want this
dumb translation? It would useful if the data file I am reading is 99.99%
numerical and I could live with the fact that some character fields *might*
get funny looking values.

This is just a query of the status of unicode and not a request of an
implementation. There are plenty of software that can read Unicode text
files and save them as plain ASCII so I am doing fine myself.

Have a great day

Henrik Bengtsson

Dept. of Mathematical Statistics @ Centre for Mathematical Sciences
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