Thanks for responding, Torsten. If I'm understanding your suggestion, then 
what happens where the data from the dB already has a ; (semi-colon) in 
it? Wouldn't this corrupt the import into excel? 


>> My question is whether there might be a more direct way to get the dB 
>> into excel on the client PC (can't imagine how), or if not, how I might
>> create a 'tab delimited' file from the HTML table and avoid introducing 
>> foreign character as a field separator.

> A comma seperated values file (.csv) should be readable by Excel. Just 
put a
> ; between all values and save it as a text file with .csv extension. I 
> you don't need to go all the way via HTML output and copy/paste.

> Regards, Torsten Roehr

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