Re: [R] Response to R across the university

From: Antony Unwin <unwin_at_math.uni-augsburg.de>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 23:13:48 +0200

On 18 Apr 2008, at 6:42 pm, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> Antony Unwin wrote:
>> ...
>>
>> The course itself went very well. We encouraged people to bring
>> their laptops and work in groups. Using JGR as the interface to R
>> helped a lot, as it was easier for people to load their own data
>> and use the help. Of course, JGR is compulsory in Augsburg.
> Speaking of JGR... What are the appropriate channels to complain and/
> or contribute?

This will do fine, though stats-rosuda-devel_at_listserv.uni-augsburg.de would be the "official" route and Markus Helbig (info_at_markushelbig.de) is the key person.

> I had looked into it at an earlier point (on Fedora Linux) and got
> stuck on some fairly simple usability issues, like font choice and
> color scheme. Things like
>
> - if you select a bigger font, the window size remains the same.
> Changes to window size do not survive to subsequent invokations.
>
> - output is quite unreadable in proportional fonts, so why make them
> available?
>
> - some fonts have poor contrast, but there seems to be no way to
> select boldface versions.
>
> - the latest version has turned to a blue-on-gray scheme, which
> doesn't help with the contrast either
> This is all pretty trivial stuff, but the bottom line is that all
> the really exciting stuff isn't really of much use if students
> cannot read it in the back rows.

Your points should certainly be looked into. Having the font big enough for students to read in the back row has not been a problem for me.

> A couple other maybe not all that trivial things to do is to improve
> the data import (it is losing out on most of the things that I tried)

Now what would Brian say to a comment like that? Please insert your favourite put-down here:

And then perhaps you would be kind enough to let us know in a little more detail what hasn't worked for you.

> and to get the wires connected between the DataTable and the edit()
> command.

Thanks for your comments.

Antony

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