[R-SIG-Mac] language

[Ricardo Rodriguez] Your XEN ICT Team webmaster at xen.net
Tue Apr 15 13:10:25 CEST 2008

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Apr 2008, [Ricardo Rodriguez] Your XEN ICT Team wrote:
>> Thanks.
>> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>> Which messages?  R.app and R itself handle this differently for 
>>> their messages.
>>> You will find a discussion in the 'R Installation and 
>>> Administration' manual.  You don't give an address, but I suspect 
>>> you are in a Spanish-speaking locale.  I believe the Mac OS port of 
>>> R uses the stanard libintl from the R sources, in which case you can 
>>> read for yourself how libintl determines the message language in the 
>>> src/extra/intl directory.
>> The cited discussion is useful even though the topic is still 
>> difficult for me. I am in Spain and in a Spanish locale. Mac 
>> preferences take care of it. By changing it to, for instance, an UK 
>> one together with English as language, shows all messages in English. 
>> As far as I can read in the manual, it is possible to overwrite the 
>> O.S. settings with startup options. I will try to do that after 
>> studying the documentation.
> Set the environment variable LANGUAGE to en.
>> There is still another problem related with fonts that is making me 
>> nuts: are fonts used for quartz() output independent from locale and 
>> language settings? For instances, any á, é, í or whatever accented 
>> vowel or ñ prevents the string containing this character for being 
>> rendered, for instance, in the labels of a barplot.
>> Please, could you give me a path to solve this issue?
> Wrong list here, but again, likely to be a locale problem.   The R 
> posting guide asks for the output of sessionInfo() for a good reason. 

Thanks and, please, accept my apologies for not posting fully 
informative messages.

Best regards,


Ricardo Rodríguez
Your XEN ICT Team

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