[R] Problem with number characters

Scott Waichler scott.waichler at pnl.gov
Thu Oct 14 20:31:33 CEST 2004

I am trying to process text fields scanned in from a csv file that is
output from the Windows database program FileMakerPro.  The characters
onscreen look like regular text, but R does not like their underlying binary form.
For example, one of text fields contains a name and a number, but
R recognizes the number as something other than what it appears
to be in plain text.  The character string "Draszt  03" after being
read into R using scan and ="" becomes "Draszt 03" where the 3 is 
displayed in my R session as a superscript.  Here is the result pasted
into this email I'm composing in emacs:  "Draszt 0%/1ÂÂ?iso8859-15³"
Another clue for the knowledgable:  when I try to display the vector element
causing trouble, I get
  <CHARSXP: "Draszt 0%/1ÂÂ?iso8859-15³">
where again the superscipt part is just "3" in my R session.  I'm working in
Linux, R version 1.9.1, 2004-06-21.  Your help will be much appreciated.

Scott Waichler
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
scott.waichler at pnl.gov

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