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On 24/04/13 14:17, Alex Thurgood wrote:
Le 24/04/2013 14:36, sun shine a écrit :


> How can I advise her to save spreadsheets as *.csv formats in a way that
HMRC can read these as if saved in the MS Dos CSV format (which LibO
doesn't have the option to do)? Is there something in the save procedure
that she needs to attend to?

Sorry if I appear a bit dim, but CSV literally stands for Comma Separated Values, with a line feed/carriage return symbol at the end of each line. Unix and MS-DOS line feeds/newline commands are different, e.g. Unix relies on \n to indicate a newline, whereas MS-DOS (and Windows) relies on \n\r (or LF/CR). Is this the type of formatting you are looking for ?

What exactly are the errors that your wife sees when opening the CSV file in Excel ?


Hi Alex

This may well be what she needs - i.e. insert the additional \r value for formatting the line endings. I don't know and there's nothing that I can use from looking for this on the web.

The file was originally saved on a Windows machine as a *.csv dos format, and was opened in LibO which was fine (except the worksheet tab wasn't named as it had been in the original and instead labelled it merely as "Sheet 1"). Then she saved the same file from LibO using the *csv save option (because LibO doesn't give any further *csv options) and tested it by opening it up in Excel. At that point, she saw that some of the text in the file was now represented by squares, but overall the text wasn't separated out (i.e. NOT comma separated) and the fields ran together as one paragraph, including headers and content.

So it could be that LibO is not saving the DOS newline formatting, in which case I need to brief her on how she can set that up when saving in LibO and (preferably even) to automate that. I've reviewed the Calc extensions and don't see anything - so is this an opportunity for a hack perhaps?

Anyway, I hope all of this makes some kind of sense?


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