CSV and REV?
garrett at paraboliclogic.com
Tue May 2 02:27:01 EDT 2006
Richard Gaskin wrote:
> If you absolutely must support CSV, please consider joining a handful of
> us curmudgeons on a mission to save the world from the unnecessary
> horror that is CSV: support for reads, but not for writes.
Do I get an official membership card and all? Decoder Ring too! :-)
> The last thing the world needs is yet another app keeping that
> half-baked format alive. :)
Yeah, but it's like poking someone in the side with your finger and
annoying the hell out of them. ;-) Actually, just working on this for
myself, not for a public consumption app. I have a lot of csv files
from days gone by, and as time goes on I'll be updating older apps to
use tab delimited instead of comma.
> It was a crappy idea when it was created (how did it even survive more
> than two minutes in the first meeting where it was proposed?), and it
> just gets more self-evidently crappy every year that passes with more
> and more variant implementations polluting the datasphere.
I'll never understand why the comma was used as the delimiter in the
first place. I can think of several characters that would have better
served the purpose.
Was there ever an RFC or anything for CSV?
> I have an app that reads CSV but will export only in tab-delimited
> format -- and it will use the most sensible form I've seen yet:
> FileMaker Pro's, in which in-data returns are gracefully accommodated as
> ASCII 11, and any quotes in the file are only part of the data, never a
Sounds so sweet and logical. But doesn't that make things too easy? ;-)
> Not long ago I had an opportunity to help contribute to a specification
> for a format for affiliate data feeds, and at its heart it's the FMP tab
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