draft documentation and configuration for R with ESS + XEmacs under Windows

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Thu Oct 31 18:03:13 CET 2002

Dear ESS list members,

I've prepared a brief draft document describing the use of ESS and R with 
XEmacs under MS Windows, along with some configuration files (e.g., for 
initial window setup and a toolbar). This material is aimed at novice users 
of ESS and Emacs.

The document and configuration files are respectively at 
<http://www.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Books/Companion/ess.pdf> and 

Comments and suggestions would be appreciated.

I should mention that I encountered a couple of problems: (1) I had to set 
R-editor to "winclient.exe" (rather than "gnuclient.exe") (see the init.el 
file); (2) I had to modify ess-load-file to handle backslashes in paths 
properly (see the .toolbar file).

As well, I wasn't able to locate an up-to-date downloadable version of the 
ESS manual. There's an HTML version at software.biostat.washington.edu, and 
an older PDF version at stat.ethz.ch. Did I miss something?


John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4
email: jfox at mcmaster.ca
phone: 905-525-9140x23604
web: www.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox

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