[R] workflow getting UTF-8 csv in and out of R on Mac (spreadsheet editor)

John Kane jrkrideau at inbox.com
Fri Sep 2 16:25:23 CEST 2016

An alternative to Erich Neuwirth's solution might be to use Apache OpenOffice or the (roughly) equivalent LibreOffice. I routinely use UTF-8 with these.

John Kane
Kingston ON Canada

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> From: govokai at gmail.com
> Sent: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 13:03:20 +0200
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> Subject: [R] workflow getting UTF-8 csv in and out of R on Mac
> (spreadsheet editor)
> Hi all,
> I am hoping for some advice on how to handle UTF-8 spreadsheet files in a
> Mac environment - sort of off-topic, but still relevant for hopefully a
> bunch of people.
> I am using R on Mac OS 10.10. Sometimes I have the urge to actually look
> at
> a large spreadsheet on the big screen or make some changes to the tables.
> Since most of my colleagues live in the M$ Excel - world I tend to use
> Excel 2011 as well. However, Excel does not handle UTF-8 (which I like
> because of different system locales).
> So I actually do a write.csv with file-encoding in macroman, but even
> then
> Excel won't just open it and I will have to work my way through the
> import-dialogue.
> The other way around, it's even worse. I save the spreadsheet as
> macroman,
> iconv it to utf-8 and then read.csv it to R.
> It works, but it's just really messy. Is there a (preferably
> light-weight)
> csv-spreadsheet Editor for Mac OS that you use? Open-Office? I would like
> NOT to actually buy another Excel version. However, for collaboration, a
> xls-export would be phenomenal.
> Thanks!
> Kai
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