[R] Icelandic Characters in Mac

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 21:24:09 CEST 2014

On 03 Apr 2014, at 00:59 , David Winsemius <dwinsemius at comcast.net> wrote:

> On Apr 2, 2014, at 2:18 PM, Stefán Hrafn Jónsson wrote:
>> Dear R community
>> I have few students that use Mac. When creating graphs they inform me that
>> when they use Icelandic characters in title or xlab they get some wrong
>> results. In stead of
>> "fia› er sætt" they get ".a. er s.tt" period in stead of the Icelandic
>> character.
>> Any Icelandic Mac user that has a solution to this?  .
>> The Icelandic characters follows.
>> Æ æ ó Ó ‹ ›,í  Í á Á é É ‡ †
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_alphabet
> The default screen device is named quartz(). I'm not an Icelander, but in a US locale with the standard fonts I get faithful reproduction of those characters on a Mac running 10.7.5 with R 3.0.2

Rather amusingly, some of the Icelandic got mangled in your mail, though. 
I think I received them correctly in Stefán's mail:

Æ æ ó Ó Ð ð,í  Í á Á é É ý Ý

(although thorn þÞ seems missing from the list?) 

I too can use "Það er sætt" in plot labels, on 10.9.2 in en_US.UTF-8 locale.

I think we need more info about what setup the students have been using. Having the locale set to "C" might cause something like the described effect.

Peter Dalgaard, Professor,
Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
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