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

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at myway.com
Thu Jul 29 00:48:17 CEST 2004

One workaround is the idea in 


which, applied to this problem would be used by entering the
snippets as inline data files and reading them into R variables
which can then be cat'ed.  You do have to preface each line of
the inline data with a marker but that is trivial in 
sufficiently powerful text editors.


Date:   	Wed, 28 Jul 2004 15:09:04 -0700 (PDT)
From:   	Kevin Wright <kwright at eskimo.com>
To:   	<r-devel at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Subject:   	[Rd] Parsing multi-line strings. Bug? Feature?

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

Big block of HTML formatting code
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 \

Mark Bravington discussed the same issue (with comments about
the documentation) here:

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


Kevin Wright

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