[R] a question of alphabetical order

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Apr 16 07:29:26 CEST 2008

On Wed, 16 Apr 2008, [Ricardo Rodriguez] Your XEN ICT Team wrote:

> Almost done...
> Sys.setlocale(category = "LC_ALL", locale = "es_ES.ISO8859-15")
> The order is now correct, but it renders incorrectly most of the non-ASCII 
> characters, both in console:
> 1 √\201guilas de mantenimiento 1.97 NA 1.72
> 2 √\201ngeles de la CONAGUA 1.77 1.97 1.94
> And in quartz():
> http://mire.environmentalchange.net/~webmaster/images/MexRenderErrors.png
> Well, the solution seems to be to set order with a locale, and to create the 
> output with the other, is this possible?

Yes, but only for the same character set.  I believe R.app assumes UTF-8, 
and I would not expect to be able to change charset on a running console.

Please do use R-sig-mac for MacOS-specific issues.

> Thanks!
> Ricardo
> [Ricardo Rodriguez] Your XEN ICT Team wrote:
>> Tricky question, this order issue :-(
>> Thank you so much for the detailed explanation.
>> Thus, please, must I conclude that I will have to survive with this ASCII 
>> order while working in Mac OS X 10.5.2 until Mac people fix this bug?
>> You spoke about es_ES.ISO8859-15 in Mac. Will it do the trick? Yes, as far 
>> as I understand. But as I am using R.app, locale is set by the system 
>> preferences. Truly, I am kind of a mess with this issue.
>> Could I force es_ES.ISO8859-15 as a locale in the Mac.
>> Sorry of I put another question here... why does Excel order list 
>> correctly? I guess it doesn't relies on Mac settings.
>> As a R newbie I must recognize that this, and others, behaviours are really 
>> hard to deal with. But I've seen, an even done, such an amount of wonderful 
>> things with R that it is worth all efforts. Thanks for your help.
>> All the best,
>> Ricardo
> -- 
> Ricardo Rodríguez
> Your XEN ICT Team

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