[R] ? data.entry "read-only" ?

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Mon Jan 12 23:13:22 CET 2004

Dear Ted,

edit(df) invokes data.entry() on the data frame df and returns the edited 
version without altering the original. Thus
df <- edit(df) [or fix(df)] actually to change df, or invisible(edit(df)), 
or something equivalent, simply to look (and discard changes if they are made).

I hope that this helps,

At 08:19 PM 1/12/2004 +0000, you wrote:
>Hi Folks,
>The spreadsheet-like layout displayed when 'data.entry' is
>invoked is very useful simply for legible display of data,
>quite apart from its intended use for the purpose of entering
>or editing data.
>If one wants to use it _simply_ as a display device, so that
>one can look around inside a data-set while working on it,
>then it is not a good idea to have its _editing_ capabilities
>active: this is dangerous, since an inadvertent keystroke
>could change the data.
>So: is there a way to invoke 'data.entry' in "read-only"
>mode? Or some other function with equivalent display which
>can be run "read-only"?
>[Bonus question: is there a way to change its cosmetics,
>  e.g. background colour, font, ... ?]
>With thanks,
>E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
>Fax-to-email: +44 (0)870 167 1972
>Date: 12-Jan-04                                       Time: 20:19:58
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John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
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