[R] Plotting female and male signs

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jun 8 13:48:28 CEST 2006

On Thu, 8 Jun 2006, Hans Gardfjell wrote:

> Dear R-users,
> Just like other users (as seen from previous posts on the list), I would
> like to use female and male signs in plots. I found B. Ripley's post
> about using Unicode characters. However, it doesn't works for me.
> > text(locator(1),"\u2640")  produces the following error:
> Error: invalid \uxxxx sequence
> But I can specify other Unicode characters as long I don't exceed 00FF,
> so this works
> > text(locator(1),"\u00FF") or
> > text(locator(1),"\u00E6") and also without preceeding 00
> > text(locator(1),"\uE6")
> Can someone give me a hint?
> I'm using a Swedish locale on WindowsXP and my R version is 2.3.1
> Patched (2006-06-04 r38279)

Unicode characters only work if they are valid in the locale: for these, 
only in UTF-8 locales (hence not on Windows).

If you were referring to


it did say

   You don't tell us your platform and the answer depends on the platform.

   Alternatively, look at the Hershey fonts, which have these and many
   other symbols (not necessarily of publication-quality though).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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