[R] Another Mozilla issue

Marc Schwartz mschwartz at medanalytics.com
Tue Nov 26 21:25:23 CET 2002

Robert Schick wrote:
> This isn't an R issue per se, but given the recent issues with
> and help.search(), I figured I'd float it. I use mozilla on a
> box. I was using 1.0 and the help.search() wasn't working as has
> discussed over the past few days. Yesterday I upgraded to 1.1, and
> javascript help still does not work. (I checked and it is enabled.) 
> Another problem I noticed this morning while reading the R digest is

> that the < and > symbols now display as ? in my email (Netscape
> 4.78). So in the digest instead of seeing <- I see ?-, which is
> annoying. Seems like a font issue, but I don't know what to track 
> down. Anyone experience this? -- Rob Schick


You need to be sure that you also have Java installed and enabled in
order for the help.start() based search to work.  The
help.search("KeyWord") works within R, whereas the help.start() based
search requires a Java/JavaScript enabled broswer.

I have a dual-boot WinXP Pro/RH 8.0 Linux system and am using Mozilla
(1.1 under WinXP/1.3a under Linux) with both.

For Win2k, go to http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.1/download.html, where
you can download the Java installer file.  This should be a file
called j2re-1_4_1_01-windows-i586.exe. Download and then run that
program to install Java on your system.

This process should install the Java plug-ins in "C:\Program
Files\mozilla.org\Mozilla\Plugins", which is the default install
location for Mozilla.

After installing Java, go back into Mozilla and enable Java.  Exit out
of Mozilla.  Then try help.start() in R and go to the search
engine/keywords page.

On the "<>" versus "?" in the R digest, I don't subscribe to the
digest, but it does sound either like a font or text encoding issue.
Check the default character coding configuration in the mail program
and be sure that it is set to one of the standard settings such as
"Western (ISO-8859-1)".

Hope that helps.

Marc Schwartz

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