[R-SIG-Mac] [R] data frames with å, ä, and ö (=non-ASCII-characters) from windows to mac os x

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jan 16 15:16:09 CET 2009

On Fri, 16 Jan 2009, David Winsemius wrote:

> On Jan 16, 2009, at 8:48 AM, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>> You need to use CP1252 not UTF-8 to read the data.  It tells you how to do 
>> so on the help page ... under 'encoding'. So something like
>> A <- read.table(con <- file("myfile", encoding="CP1252"));close(con)
>> Please don't cross-post ... I am being brief because you did.
>> snip
> Realizing that it might not work in all situations, would it give (possibly) 
> useful results to assign the incorrect encoding found in Gustaf's email, 
> which nonetheless was interpreted sensibly, "iso-8859-1", to the encoding 
> string?

Yes: CP1252 is a superset of ISO-8859-1.  I knew because only one 
encoding can be used for Swedish on Windows (unlike most other OSes 
where there are three -- see my second posting).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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