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[protege-discussion] Question about query export

Jonathan Carter jonathan.carter at
Thu Jul 10 09:25:34 PDT 2008

Hi Nafiye,

Almost a classic data export problem - I had something similar when  
importing text that had been entered manually in a recent project.
I'd like to clarify what's going on.
Even if you set the delimiters to something like '|' [pipe] and '~',  
the export is still separating fields by the ',' and <enter>?

If you can, I'd recommend using delimiters that are not likely to  
appear in the text that your users have produced. You can then use  
these as the delimiters in Excel perhaps (?) or do a quick search and  
replace on them in the CSV before importing to Excel. The other thing  
you'd need to do before that is to replace all the ',' and <enter>  
that users have inputted with something else otherwise Excel will get  
confused as to what's a separator and what is cell content.

It's a tricky one, as the whole point of a CSV file is that the values  
are separated by commas.
Have you tried using '"' (that's double quotes) as the slot delimiter?  
In an attempt to escape the value of each slot?


Jonathan Carter - Head of Technical Architecture
Enterprise Architecture Solutions Ltd

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On 10 Jul 2008, at 16:05, Nafiye Talas wrote:

> Dear Community,
> I'm using the export functionality within the query tab.
> And I'm bumping into problems:
> 1. when a user entered a text with a comma ',' the text after the  
> comma is put in a seperate field in excel
> 2. when a user entered a text with an <enter> the text after the  
> enter is also put in a seperate field.
> I tried a lot of different delimiter values but it no effect on the  
> export file.
> I will attach a picture of the export values, the instance and the  
> exported file.
> Thanks in advance for any help.
> Nafiye Talas
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