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CSV - Difficulty in having the delimiter recognized

Monty Guppy
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Joined: Sep 15, 2001
Posts: 49
I have a text file which contains several records of data. Some of the fields in the data contain comma. So I have tried the following by using either of tab(/t), semi-colon( , and pipe(|) as a delimiter.
I then upload this text file as a bytearray to the database, and use a servlet to download the data in a CSV format. The data gets downloaded correctly, but to my dismay, Excel always uses comma as a delimiter (thus slicing my field data in the middle), while ignoring any of the above delimiters to separate out fields.
Of course, I can use the machinations of Excel to separate out the data with the right delimiter, but my users may not know how to do so.
Can anyone please let me know what to do about this.
Thank You.
David G Risner
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Joined: May 02, 2002
Posts: 30
Make your life easy and get the Ostermiller utilities at
This includes a class for creating CSV files that are compatible with Excel.

David G. Risner<br />Software Engineer<br />California State University, Los Angeles
I agree. Here's the link:
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