thanks for your response. Just as an addendum, there are already fields
that are formatted as empty in CSV reports (meaning just two commas in a
row) when they are not set—"CreativeDestinationUrl" is an example. So there
seems to be a certain inconsistency.
On Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:22:00 PM UTC+2, Anash P. Oommen (AdWords
API Team) wrote:
> Hi Dorian,
> Thanks for reporting, I'll ask the reporting team to take a look.
> Anash P. Oommen,
> AdWords API Advisor.
> On Monday, October 17, 2016 at 12:51:38 PM UTC-4, Dorian Kind wrote:
>> I just noticed that with ETAs, the path1 and path2 fields are
>> optional—you can create an ad without either of these two fields set. This
>> is in contrast to the previously used text ads, where every field is
>> This has an interesting effect, as the CSV reports show unset path fields
>> as " --" (a space and two hyphens)—but you can also set either path field
>> to consist of two hyphens, which also causes the field in the report to
>> show a space and two hyphens.
>> This means that theoretically, you can't tell from a CSV report whether a
>> path field of an expanded text ad is really empty or has been set as "--".
>> Here's an actual CSV report from a test account:
>> Path 1,Path 2,Headline 1,Headline 2,Description
>> --, --,Headline 1,Headline 2,Empty path fields.
>> --, --,Headline 1,Headline 2,"Path fields set to ""--""."
>> Total, --, --, --, --
>> Now I freely admit that this is a contrived scenario, but I wonder
>> whether it would be possible to leave the field empty instead of using "
>> Seeing as " --" usually means "Not applicable" in the CSV reports (it's
>> mainly used if a metric doesn't have a meaningful aggregate in the totals
>> line, for example), I feel a clear distinction would be helpful.
>> Any thoughts on this matter?
>> Best regards,
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