block_comment {commentr}R Documentation

Create nicely formated comments


Functions to automate creation of nicely formated comments. Comments are printed to the console and automaticaly pasted to clipboard (and can thereafter be copied to script files.


block_comment(description = "", empty_lines_first = 1,
  empty_lines_last = empty_lines_first, allign = "center", token = "#",
  html = FALSE, clipboard = TRUE, verbose = TRUE, ...)

header_comment(title, description = "", author = getOption("name"),
  contact = getOption("contact"), client = author,
  date_created = format(Sys.time(), "%Y-%m-%d"),
  date_updated = date_created, source = getwd(), tab = 17, token = "#",
  html = FALSE, clipboard = TRUE, verbose = TRUE, ...)

line_comment(title = "", ..., clipboard = TRUE, verbose = TRUE,
  token = "#", html = FALSE)



additional information about the script. Could be a single line or a full paragraph. Empty character string as default.


number of empty lines to be added before the text in a block comment. 1 by default.


number of empty lines to be added after the text in a block comment. Same as empty_lines_first by default.


specify text allignment. "center" as default with other options "left" and "right". If the text is too long to be fit on one line, it is split to a left aligned paragraph (allign being ignored).


a character string specifying the comment character to be used. Default is "#", which should be used in R scripts.


Should the comment be used in a HTML- or R Markdown-document (FALSE by default). If so, the comment starts with "<!–" and ends with "–>". token = "%" could be used to create comments for LaTeX and token = "*" for Stata etcetera. The length of the character string is not restricted but should normally be just one character. If a longer character string is used, the width of the comment would be multiplied by the number of characters. This might result in a quite messy output.


Should the output be copied to clipboard? (TRUE by default). Corrently only supported on Mac.


Should the comment be printed to the console? (TRUE by default). This could be used if clipboard = TRUE and run on a Mac.


arguments passed to comment_width to specify the width of the comment.


a short and descriptive title.


name of the script author(s). From getOption("name") as default.


How to contact the author of the script. From getOption("contact") as default.


Name (and possible contact information) to the client for who the script was written. Sets author as default (assuming you wrote the script for yourself).


A character string defining the date when the script was created. Todays date as default. The date is specified as a string and does not need to be exact. For example "Many years ago" would be accepted if you want to add a heading to an old script.


A character string defining the date when the script was last updated. Same as date_created by default.


is the path to where the script was originaly stored . This information might be good if the document is printed, forgotten and found. Current directory as default.


"tabulation length" to add space betwen left column titles and right column text.


The header_comment function uses global options for name, contact and textwidth as default. Width is a standard option in R but name and contact are not. It might be a good idea to define those as global options in a .Rprofile-script (use Google if you do not know the concept!). Dates for creation and last update are both set to the same date by default. The update date has to be manually updated in the script


There is no object returned from the function call. There is just a printed message to the console that could be copied to the beginning of a script).


There are 3 functions to help with script comments


## Not run: 

# If global options specifies "author" and "contact", these do not need to be specified every time:
header_comment("Test", "This is a little test")

header_comment("Test", "This is just a test!", width = "script_width")

header_comment("Smaller block", "This is a smaller test block!", width = 55, tab = 17)

header_comment("Smaller block", "This is a small test block but with a longer extra description
   that has to be split from a single line into a full paragraph.", width = 55, tab = 17)

## End(Not run)

header_comment("Nice script", "This is a very nice script that is well documented",
     author       = "Jane Doe",
     contact      = "",
     client       = "John Doe",
     date_created = "2014-07-03",
     width        = "a4landscape")

block_comment("A title for a new section in the script")
block_comment("A shorter box", width = 50)
block_comment("A compact title", empty_lines_first = 0, allign = "left")
## Not run: 
block_comment("A longer descriptive text that has to be
   separated into several lines in order to fit.
   Then it is no longer alligned to 'center' even if so specified!", allign = "center")

## End(Not run)
line_comment("A comment in the middle of a line")
line_comment("A comment in the middle of a shorter line", 50)

[Package commentr version 1.0.4 Index]