Re: [Rd] Is xtable still being maintained?

From: Spencer Graves <>
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 07:40:24 -0700

On 9/10/2011 6:06 AM, Uwe Ligges wrote:
> On 10.09.2011 13:26, Alastair wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I wonder if anyone knows if the xtable package is still actively being
>> maintained? The last update to the CRAN was about 2 years ago.
>> Earlier in
>> the year I found I wanted to use the short caption option of LaTeX
>> tables to
>> display an abridged title in my table of contents. It was a relatively
>> simple change to get xtable to support this. I bundled up my changes and
>> sent the maintainer David B. Dahl an email and I got absolutely no
>> response?
> Try to "ping" - at least I do so in this case. No response would be
> unfortunate, of course.

       David B. Dahl still has a web site as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M U.
>> What's the etiquette for this kind of situation? I think he's done a
>> sterling job maintaining a really useful package; I wanted to help and
>> contribute to the community but if he's not doing it anymore how can
>> anyone
>> get their improvements / bug fixes into circulation?
> xtable's DESCRIPTION file says
> License: GPL (>= 2)
> so go ahead in case you do not get a response.
> Best,
> Uwe Ligges

      xtable has a long list of reverse depends, imports, suggests and enhances, so many people clearly think it's useful.

       My preference is to encourage the maintainer(s) to migrate the project to R-Forge where others can help maintain it and add enhancements (that shouldn't break current applications) that people feel are generally useful. (Not everyone responds positively to this kind of suggestion, but some do.)

       R-Forge also lists tabulaR, which "is a comprehensive package for presenting quality tabular output within the R Environment. Differing from xtable and Hmisc, it manipulates, formats and presents tabular data to any R device stream, which can then be used by any structured format." So far, however, I was unable to find evidence that the the tabulaR team has done anything for with R-Forge beyond successfully getting a shell created for the project.

       Good luck!

>> Cheers,
>> Alastair
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