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

David Firth d.firth at warwick.ac.uk
Mon Jan 12 23:50:42 CET 2004

The function showData() in the relimp package does something like this  
(and has a go at your bonus question), in a Tk widget.  It's far from a  
polished product, but gives some idea of what can be done using the  
tcltk package.  Usage is, for example,


It will be very slow with very large datasets, but fine for smaller  

I just discovered, though, that showData() has at least one serious  
bug, arising from changes (quite a while ago now! I should have mended  
this earlier) in the tcltk package.  I'll put a new version of relimp  
on CRAN soon, and in the meantime I have put a fixed version of  
showData() at
--  In case it's of use.


On Monday, Jan 12, 2004, at 20:19 Europe/London, (Ted Harding) 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,
> Ted.
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> Date: 12-Jan-04                                       Time: 20:19:58
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