[R] How useful is iESS mode for emacs?

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Thu Mar 14 08:30:35 CET 2002

Agustin Lobo wrote:
> (I reply to the Re: message because inadvertently I deleted the original)
> My opinion is that using the ESS interface
> for R is great for people who are used to emacs, and less
> good for the rest of people, because  it is less intuitive
> than other editors (i.e., WinEdit). For me it was
> hard to get
> used to the (many) idiosynchratic details of emacs (a minor example,
> few people has a key labelled as META, but the M-... are
> everywhere in emacs). Also, I don't like the fact
> that if you, for example, make an ls() and then select
> and copy an object with the mouse and paste, you don't paste
> in the command line but on the list itself, unless you bring the
> cursor to the command line first. Very
> often I was
> not in the R command line and used to get (and still get sometimes) a
> message: "No command in this line".
> Also, at least in my setup, the begin key brings you on top of the
> ">" instead of on top of the first character after ">".
> Probably all these are minor problems (or perhaps, even advantages) for
> people who use emacs also for other purposes.
> Personally, I like better the Windows gui for R + WinEdit, 

Thanks. But the editor is called *WinEdt* (without the "i"). 
WinEdit is another one, mostly known from the days of emtex (a LaTeX
2.09 distribution).

> although I prefer linux for other reasons. The facility for printing
> and saving graphics from the graphic window is another very useful
> feature that I miss in linux.

Uwe Ligges
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