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Re: SQL output to csv



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You are correct. I stand corrected.

Not only does it say that, the grammar is very clear about the quote vs no-quote. A "field" can be escaped or non-escaped.

The ABNF grammar [2] appears as follows:
file = [header CRLF] record *(CRLF record) [CRLF]
header = name *(COMMA name)
record = field *(COMMA field)
name = field
field = (escaped / non-escaped)
escaped = DQUOTE *(TEXTDATA / COMMA / CR / LF / 2DQUOTE) DQUOTE
non-escaped = *TEXTDATA

Pillai

On Dec 5, 2013, at 12:26 AM, John Yeung <gallium.arsenide@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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.

John
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