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Re: Re: Re: Reading csv with ;

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  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 06:28:23 -0400 (EDT)
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> standard documentation. I imagine there could be a whole cottage
> industry filling the gaps in the official documentation.

Mathgroup IS that cottage industry.


On Sun, 10 May 2009 04:13:08 -0500, George Woodrow III <georgevw3 at>  

> Quite right. IF you know what to look for, the Documentation Center
> points you to the Option "Table", and on that page you will find an
> example that uses FieldSeparators.
> My mini-rant has to do with finding the right thing to do when you
> don't already have some idea of the answer. In this example, I would
> imagine that someone would think: "I have some data to import that is
> just like CSV, except the commas are semicolons. What would I do?" It
> is not obvious to me that you would use the "Table" option in Import,
> and further have to use the "FieldSeparators" option as a sub-option
> to "Table".
> The task is something a beginner might need to do. There should be a
> documented example that shows how to do it that is more accessible,and
> there should be a page for field separators (as plain English words)
> that would have a tutorial about importing text or ASCII data with
> different formats.
> If I had the time, I might be inclined to write a documentation page
> using the still unreleased DocTools and find a way to add it on to the
> standard documentation. I imagine there could be a whole cottage
> industry filling the gaps in the official documentation.
> george woodrow
> On May 9, 2009, at 3:21 AM, Bill Rowe wrote:
>> On 5/7/09 at 6:34 AM, georgevw3 at (George Woodrow III) wrote:
>>> In version 7, the option appears only on the page for Table, and
>>> then only in the examples. At least that is what a search in the
>>> Documentation Center gives. Also it is the only place that a Google
>>> search gives for the on-line version of the Version 7 documentation.
>>> Spotlight does not find anything in Mathematica -- perhaps the
>>> plug-in is broken.
>> If I type either "FieldSeparators" or FieldSeparators into the
>> Documentation search field and hit retrun, I get a result with
>> one entry linking to the documentation page.
>> And if I type FieldSeparator I get the same link and a message
>> asking if I meant fieldseparators.
>> All of this is using
>> In[4]:= $Version
>> Out[4]= 7.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (February 19, 2009)

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