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I poked around and thought about this.
I think it makes sense to inline a minimal version here, possibly with some involvement from @MilesMcBain if he was interested. Since datapasta exists, we could tackle the 80% most common use cases, which would simplify things a lot, and refer people to datapasta if their needs aren't met.
We only need to go from R object to a human-friendly deparsed version, whereas datapasta also aims to ingest text, which brings in a readr dependency.
Go forth and minimally re-implement with my blessing if that's the route you choose. It'll be a WHILE before I have any bandwidth for something like this - an infant and a toddler will see to that
What would be cool though is if the deparse bit could be split out into something we could both take dependency on. There was quite a bit of progress made on this by @krlmlr in deparse - this has an (unexported)
There's other things it might be nice to do properly like:
edit: excuse spelling