[R] Feedback about SciViews?

Duncan Murdoch dmurdoch at pair.com
Tue Apr 29 13:13:12 CEST 2003

On Tue, 29 Apr 2003 11:31:44 +0200, you wrote:

>R for Windows already comes with a (simple) GUI.
>Many of the R developers would rather think mostly about GUI
>efforts that are platform INDEPENDENT, such as the standard Tcl/Tk
>package (try "library(tcltk)" and the demos from "demo(package =
>"tcltk")" in R), and the RGtk (http://www.omegahat.org/RGtk/) one.

That's true, but as the Windows maintainer, I would *love* to have an
alternative to Rgui.  The Graphapp package that underlies it is not
easy to work with.

I think the best long term strategy is to have a clean division
between the user interface aspects of R (which are necessarily
platform dependent) and the underlying computing engine (which should
be platform independent).  It should be as easy to experiment with the
user interface as it is to experiment with other aspects of
statistical computing.  TCL/TK is one way to realize this, but should
not be the only one.

Duncan Murdoch

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