Converting Microsoft Works databases.... *shudder*

John Machin sjmachin at
Fri Nov 3 21:11:16 CET 2006

GISDude wrote:
> Mike,
> I totally forgot that MS Works was out there. Haven't used that one in
> about 6 or 7 years. Honestly, your best bet is to convert to .csv or
> some delimited .txt file. Once that is done, all your rows/columns will
> be "nice and neat" .

"Nice and neat"? What is that supposed to mean?

Converting to a CSV or TXT format loses all meta-information about data
types, sizes, and precision. It also runs the risk of mangling the
actual data. The OP should take the DBF / ODBC route as suggested by

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