At 13:52 21/12/2012 -0800, Rich Shepard wrote:
The problem comes when I save the explicitly-formatted file: the
text fields are quoted only when they have content, not when they are blank.
I don't think that's true: I think empty cells are output as nothing,
but blank cells - those in which the text string is one or more
blanks - are output correctly in quotes.
This, of course, prevents correctly reading the files into database
tables or R data frames. I have tried all sorts of kludges to force
Calc to display the .csv dialog box where I can tell it to quote all
text fields, but those cells without content are saved as ,, rather
than ,'',. What do I do so that blank cells in text-formatted
columns are quoted in the saved (or saved-as) .csv file?
Could you convert your empty cells to blank, output as CSV, read this
into your other program, and then - only if necessary - edit the
blanks back to null?
This might be more difficult is you have both genuinely empty and
blank cells and if these are significantly different; in that case,
could you put some other string into the empty cells and edit these
out in the destination program?
Can your other programs cope only with CSV files? Not spreadsheet
I trust this helps.
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