ASCII delimited files

Mark Hammond mhammond at
Thu Nov 11 00:39:16 EST 1999

Al Christians wrote in message <382A4330.833C4EBD at>...
>There's a trick with files of delimited fields.  If a string field
>contains a delimiter (e.g. a comma in a csv file), then the field
>gets enclosed in quotes.  The handling of quotes is probably trickier,
>IDK what the rules are if a field starts with or contains a single or
>double quote mark.  I think I remember that some spreadsheets used tp
>routinely enclose all strings in quotes in CSV files, but I'm not sure.

Yes - a good CSV parser would make a very useful addition to the library!


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