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Re: SQL output to csv


On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM, Narayanan R Pillai <strqst400@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
However, the default behaviour [of Excel] is not RFC compliant.

Yes it is. Immediately preceding the comment about Excel, it says

"Each field may or may not be enclosed in double quotes"

Which really doesn't say much. In terms of pure logic, it's saying
absolutely nothing. In English, it is saying that double-quotes are
not required, but are permitted, and thus if you want to read CSVs,
you should be on the lookout for double-quotes. It's perfectly fine,
according to the RFC, for a field to be enclosed in double-quotes, or
not enclosed at all. Excel chooses the latter.


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