rmarkdown files (.Rmd) are directly rendered in GitHub (eg., https://github.com/srfdata/2017-10-instagram-influencers/blob/master/analysis/main.Rmd), but this doesn’t seem to be the case for GitLab. While Rmd files can be converted to markdown and rendered with that approach, that method can generate a lot of extra files. GitLab now supports direct rendering of ipynb files, so what about Rmd files?
Good question! I am also interested in this feature, since with a rendered ‘preview’ it makes it much easier to share a repo with a Rmd file with some.
It could be implemented in a similar way as the support for jupyter/ipythnon notebooks: https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/merge_requests/10017
I created a feature request at https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/issues/51114. Maybe this get’s feedback on how to implement rendering of Rmd files.