[Rd] Warning on backslash sequences (was sprintf behavior)

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 17:03:59 CEST 2006

On 28 Sep 2006 16:33:17 +0200, Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk> wrote:
> "Gabor Grothendieck" <ggrothendieck at gmail.com> writes:
> > One area where a problem might appear is if one is
> > generating R code, e.g.
> >
> >     paste("a <-", dQuote("xyz")) # wrong!
> >
> > since in UTF-8 dQuote (and sQuote) do not necessarily
> > generate double quotes (and single quotes) so one winds
> > up using double quotes within single quotes or else
> > backslash-protected double quotes within double quotes.
> >
> > If there were an argument on dQuote and sQuote to
> > specify that they should generate double and single
> > quotes acceptable for code regardless then that would
> > help in this instance.
> deparse() would be more to the point, would it not?

That's a good idea for the case I mentioned although there is still
the case where one requires a single quoted string (maybe for
generating code for some other language) and that is
not handled by deparse.

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