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Re: ReadList


On Sat, 24 Jul 1999, Mark Fisher wrote:

> In Mathematica 4, you can use Import[] to read in the file and let
> the the kernel try to parse things automatically.
> 
> In[3]:= Import["datafile.txt", "Table", 
>           ConversionOptions -> {
>             TableSeparators -> {{"\n"}, {"\t", " "}}
>           }
>         ]
>
> It's not exactly clear to me what's going on with the options here. Can
> you tell us where we can read more about ConversionOptions?

Actually, there is a typo in the quoted code snippet above.  The option
name TableSeparators should be a string:

	"TableSeparators" -> {{"\n"}, {"\t", " "}}

The value for this option is a list with two elements of arbitrary length
and one dimension.  The first sublist contains strings which will be used
by Import[] to delimit record separators.  The second list is similar,
except that it lists field separators.
 
The documentation for these and other format-specific options can be found
in the online documentation exclusively.  Look under the reference guide
entries for Import[] an Export[].  At the end of each entry, you will find
expandable sections named "Additional Information".  Click on the
open/close icon to the left of the heading to expose the relevant content.
 
-- 
P.J. Hinton
Mathematica Programming Group           paulh at wolfram.com
Wolfram Research, Inc.
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