[Rd] Parsing multi-line strings. Bug? Feature?

From: Kevin Wright <kwright_at_eskimo.com>
Date: Thu 29 Jul 2004 - 08:09:04 EST


I have an S-Plus library that I would like to port to R. The library sends a mix of static and dynamic output to an html file. For example

cat("
...
Big block of HTML formatting code
...
")

cat(dat())
cat("
More static text
")

With S-Plus I can just cut and paste HTML code from other files into my S-Plus script file. This makes maintenance of the script fairly easy.

The R parser chokes on this and requires strings to have a backslash for line continuation:

f = function(){
 sometext = " abc \
def"
}

Mark Bravington discussed the same issue (with comments about the documentation) here:
http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/02b/5199.html

I would like to echo Mark's request that compatability with S-Plus be considered.

Thanks

Kevin Wright



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