Re: [R] Unicode characters (R 2.7.0 on Windows XP SP3 and Hardy Heron)

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 16:16:55 -0400

On 5/30/2008 4:12 PM, Hans-Joerg Bibiko wrote:

> Quoting Duncan Murdoch <>:

>> On 5/30/2008 12:58 PM, Hans-Jörg Bibiko wrote:
>>> to put it simply. Windows cannot handle utf-8 data. There is no
>>> utf-8 locale available.
>> Code page 65001 is utf-8. Most text editors (including Notepad)
>> include an option to save in the UTF-8 encoding.
>> Some programs don't fully support utf-8 (some don't even support the
>> native UCS-2), but most don't care. That's the nice thing about utf-8.
>> So in what sense can Windows not handle utf-8 data?
> Of course, you're right. I only meant in that context R for Windows,  
> not Windows at all. Sorry for my incorrectness.

But I think with Brian Ripley's work over the last while, R for Windows actually handles utf-8 pretty well. (It might not guess at that encoding, but if you tell it that's what you're using...)

Duncan Murdoch mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Mon 02 Jun 2008 - 04:19:24 GMT

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