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

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Oct 31 19:13:02 CET 2002

>>>>> "john" == John Fox <jfox at mcmaster.ca> writes:

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

    john> The document and configuration files are respectively at
    john> <http://www.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Books/Companion/ess.pdf> and
    john> <http://www.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Books/Companion/fox-ESS-config.zip>.

    john> Comments and suggestions would be appreciated.

Looks great!  I really like the toolbar -- I've been meaning to write
one for a while (5 years) but...

You might make sure that people D/L the package explicitly using the
XEmacs installer (it wasn't clear from the manual).

Now, I've got to integrate it and the SAS toolbar as well...

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

winclient is a recent change in XEmacs.  I'll take a look at the other

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

The current version is under revision and will be submitted to JSS as
soon as it gets written.  

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