Comma-Delimited Files on Macs

Bob Sneidar bobs at
Mon Sep 19 12:08:41 EDT 2011

Without reading further posts, I am going to say backwards compatibility. Comma delimiting is older than tab delimiting, which if my vague memory serves me came along with the Mac OS at some point. I think the reasoning was that it was much more likely that raw text would contain commas and not tabs, so a new way was invented that allowed for commas in raw text. Of course, now we know we have only one offed the problem. 


On Sep 17, 2011, at 5:12 PM, Roger Eller wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 6:06 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> That said, tab-delimited is a better choice.  CSV must die:
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> And this brings to mind a question.  Why is LiveCode's default delimiter a
> comma, such as in the dateItems?  Is it simply because it is visible,
> whereas a TAB is not?
> ˜Roger
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