[R] R and XML -- a near perfect combination?

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Dec 1 23:46:14 CET 1999

On 1 Dec 1999, A.J. Rossini wrote:

> >>>>> "CR" == Carel, Roland <rcarel at netgenics.com> writes:
>     >> A good C XML library is libxml (wierd name, I know :-), at
>     >> http://rpmfind.net/veillard/XML/.  It's the one used in GNOME,
>     >> but it is supposed to be portable.  I don't know how well it
>     >> would work on Win32, but it would be worth looking at.  It is
>     >> licensed under the LGPL.
>     CR> Why not use the java parser from the IBM Alpha Works:
>     CR> http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/dynamicxmlforjava It should
>     CR> be easily portable to just about any platform.
> Would be fine with Omegahat, but probably not R.  Actually, maybe you
> could get to it via RJava, but it would probably require a bit more
> thought.  There might be licensing issues wrt to R's GPL, though,
> depending which IBM license it's under...

Many users of R do not run Java; for example no one porting R to Windows
does on their Windows machines AFAIK. We really do need something that
compiles on standard C compilers with minimal baggage, as total download
size is a significant issue.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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