On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 8:40 AM, tedd <tedd.sperl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> At 11:35 AM +0000 3/18/10, Ashley Sheridan wrote:
>> The .csv format is just a plain text format, so you won't get formatting
>> or formulas in your 'sheets' (csv is also a sheetless format) but it's
>> been used for years by many systems for data.
>> A lot of database systems will let you import csv files as well, which
>> is quite convenient, although you will have to make sure the csv uses
>> commas to delimit the data. Microsoft managed to basterdise this format
>> a bit as well, and lets you use tabs, spaces and all sorts of other
>> characters to delimit data fields. Someone obviously didn't mention to
>> them that the file type is 'comma separated values'!
>> Thanks,
>> Ash
> Ash:
> I remember many years ago I had a problem with M$ version of plain text csv
> files -- the first cell of each spreadsheet was different than all other
> cells. It took me a while to discover that difference and build in an
> exception.
> I've found that M$ always has a better idea, even if they are the only ones
> who think so.
> Cheers,
> tedd
> --

Personally, I find working with fixed widths is best.  The text file
might be larger but I don't have worry about escaping any type of
characters ;)


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