A CSV file is a plain text file for the temporary or permanent storage of table data.
CSV is short for comma-separated values.
This term can be rather misleading, because often there are other characters used as column separators.
Unfortunately there is no strict standard for CSV files. So these files can vary in several details.
- Character encodings can be different
- A header line containing column names can be present or not
- Column separators can be commas, semicolons, tab characters et al.
- Decimal separators can be periods or commas
- Double quotes as string delimiters can be present or not
- Variations in date and time formats are possible
Many countries use commas as decimal separators.
CSV files in these regions can look like the following example.
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Published 18 Apr 2021, last edit 19 Apr 2021