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We currently have a task to export sales order information into .txt file. However, fields (which are strings) carry text qualifiers ("). Are there any workarounds to overcome this issue?
Thanks for your time,
That depends entirely on how the data is going to be consumed later.
Flat files like TXT and CSV are the hardest to work with, and not just because you might have delimiters and special characters, i.e. line feeds and carriage returns, in the string fields, but also because there really is no standard at all. You might have a header row, you might not. Sometimes embedded delimiters like double quotes are escaped with a backslash (\") and sometimes by doubling them up (""). Even still there's absolutely no metadata in the file at all.
What matters most is that the program that uses them later is made happy. So, you have to work backward from that.
The real solution to these problems is to use a mature standard for data export, like XML.
Thanks Brandon for your input. Yes indeed, we are adjusting the export file according scripts written for barcode scanner.
Here is the solution we've managed to come up with,
If you use AsciiIo class to write text to file - it doesn't add text qualifiers.
io = new AsciiIo(fileName, #io_write);
cont = ["one", 2, "three", 4];
one 2 three 4
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