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At 03:25 PM 11/21/2003 -0800, Baiss Magnusson wrote <snipped>:

>Curious enough, I don't even know what a CSV file is, and Google didn't 
>really help me to understand it.

A babe in the woods!  CSV = Comma Separated Value file.  A common file 
format first popularized by desktop productivity applications as a greatest 
common denominator for exchanging data between applications.   Most popular 
spreadsheet programs handle CSV files.

Variable length fields and records, separated by a delimiter (usually a 
comma - hence "comma" separated value), and terminated with a LF, or 
CR/LF.  Fields that might contain commas are often further delimited by 
quotation marks.  There is no "standard" grammar for CSV files, but most 
are similar to these conventions.

An example for a record from an address book might be:

John Smith, "38 Windhill Way, Apt 3D", Seattle, WA, 30000, USA

(That's the second time today someone has made me feel like a fossil - the 
first time was when a coworker said his DAD had one of those early, 
luggable Compaqs)



Michael C. Rawlins, Rawlins EC Consulting
Using XML with Legacy Business Applications (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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