[Rd] Writing my first CRAN vignette

Ramon Diaz-Uriarte rdiaz02 at gmail.com
Tue May 20 01:58:48 CEST 2014

On Sun, 18-05-2014, at 19:19, Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> wrote:
> On 18 May 2014 at 11:34, Hadley Wickham wrote:
> | > I am intending to use Sweave. I have read the Sweave documentation and
> | > section 1.4 of the extensions manual and apart from (a) do not use split =
> | > TRUE (b) and include all the source components, there does not seem to be
> | > anything CRAN specific.
> | 
> | I'd strongly recommend using knitr instead - the biggest advantage is
> | that you can use markdown, which is substantially easier to use than
> | latex (and doesn't require such a massive toolchain)
> Markdown is very useful. And it keeps getting better -- shiny-within-markdow
> is / will rock very, very hard.
> But there are also some things that I still much prefer to be in pdf form,
> rather than (in however well-styled) html and browser content.  And some
> paths in the toolchain that leads content from markdown to pdf are via latex,
> so you end up using latex anyway. Which isn't really that hard to install on
> any of the three main platforms as texlive bundles it pretty well.
> And more generally, a vignette is (at least to me, but also some others)

To me too. But still, with knitr he can use as much latex as with Sweave.

> still a 'paper' -- something that strives to be something like an academic
> article (and occassionally even manages to get there).  
> And for that form of written communication, I fear you will have to pry latex
> from my cold dead hands.



> Dirk

Ramon Diaz-Uriarte
Department of Biochemistry, Lab B-25
Facultad de Medicina 
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 
Arzobispo Morcillo, 4
28029 Madrid

Phone: +34-91-497-2412

Email: rdiaz02 at gmail.com
       ramon.diaz at iib.uam.es


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