[R] Japanese in R --> work with *.Rd files !?

Full Name mase at is.titech.ac.jp
Sun Jun 4 16:18:07 CEST 2000

Dear Martin, Thank you for your kind information on Rd file 
systems of R. I and, seemingly, all R-jp members were never 
aware of this clever mechanism of R's document system.

I and other R-jp members are trying small experiments on the 
possibility of converting Japanese Rd files into other formats 
using Rdconv, but so far in vain. Although there is a jperl 
(a Japanized perl), the situation does not seem easy. One of 
main reasons is probably the complexity of Japanese coexisting 
encoding systems as I explained before. We made a short discussions 
on R-jp and, at present, no one can have a clear idea.

We will try further. But, seemingly, our best plan at present is
to continue to translate html files into Japanese since it is most 
difficult to translate documents into Japanese and to input them. 
Once we have Japanese html files, it will be a tedious but easy work 
to convert them into Japanese Rd files.

We will inform you if there will be a progress.

Shigeru Mase

> Please consider:  
>  The HTML files are *NOT* the original documentation!
>  In particular, they don't have the full mathematical formulae where
>  available.
>  The source of all the help files are the *.Rd files
>  from which  html /  text / latex and R example files are
>  created at "installation time" -- from the source version of R.
>  { If you have only worked with binary distributions of R :
>    These `Rd' ("R documentation") files are in src/library/<pkg>/man/*.Rd
>    where <pkg> stands for  base , ctest, eda, ...., ts.
>  }
> So it really would make sense to translate these *.Rd files
> and further "(inter)nationalize" the (Perl) file "etc/Rdconvlib.pl"
> which is used [from src/scripts/Rdconv ] to produce the 4 different output
> formats from the Rd input.
> You'd have to translate things like  
>       "Arguments:",  "Description:",  "Examples:", ....
> --
> Should we (R core) consider internationalizing these Rdtools ?
> Are there helping volunteers from R users 
>     (e.g. for French, Japanese, Spanish, ...? 
>     [R core can provide Danish, Italian & German at least]
> Martin

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