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CSV (Comma separated values) is a text format of table file where columns of table are separated by semicolons and each line is one rows of a table. Furthermore field can be located in quotation marks if the itself fields contains a semicolon.

Content of a CSV file might look like this:

FIELD1;FIELD2;FIELD3;
VALUE1.1;VALUE1.2;VALUE1.3;
VALUE2.1;VALUE2.2;VALUE2.3;

and will produce simple table

FIELD1FIELD3FIELD3
VALUE1.1VALUE1.2VALUE1.3
VALUE2.1VALUE2.2VALUE2.3
VALUE3.1VALUE3.2VALUE3.3

This file format is used in BioLib for various imports and exports, mostly in the administration functions. CSV file can be easily opened or created using applications such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice. To create a file in Excel you need to create a simple table (no cell merging and formating) and save it as "CSV file - semicolon separated values".

Last change: 2007-11-04

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