what is a csv file?
The csv file extension is text file type that consists of value separated by commas. csv files generally are used to store row and column spreadhsheet style data.
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secondary: text, spreadsheet, data
csv file structure
csv files are made up of a single spreadsheet with any number of rows and columns. Columns and rows create cells where individual data is stored. E.g., a 5 column by 5 row csv would have 25 data cells (5 * 5 = 25). Columns generally have a header row with column names. Some programs will use the first row automatically as header information.
csv format specification and identification
The internal structure of csv files is incredible simple. A csv is made up of records (lines). Each record consists of values (any characters) separated by commas. The end of each line contains a Carriage Return Line Finish (CLRF; created by pressing the Enter/Return key). The first line is optionally a header line with information about each column. A final CLRF is optional at the end of the file.
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