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January 13th, 2006, 11:57 AM #1Format Recommendation (tab/pipe/etc.)
Using CJ you are given the following option:
1 - In which format would you like to receive your data?
Choose from one of the following: TAB : CSV : PIPE : XML : EXCEL format
Is one form easier or more webmerge friendly? I use excel, so would that be the obvious choice?
Thank for your input,
January 13th, 2006, 12:12 PM #2
I'm not sure there is one that's more friendly than another (from your list), but no matter what I was working with, I would stay away from CSV. (IMHO). I generally like things PIPE formatted, but Excel (mostly) won't do that, so...
When I save my data for WM, I save it in a tab-delimited plain text format. I look at it this way, the less programs (applications) have to fiddle around with data formatted in proprietary formats - the better. (again - IMHO)
January 13th, 2006, 01:11 PM #3
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The optimal format for data feeds is tab-delimited without quotes around text, and with any in-data returns done as ASCII 11 (vertical tab). This is the format WebMerge uses internally, and all other formats are converted to that when a run begins (the "Setting up..." phase of the progress dialog).
This format is used internally because it's the simplest to parse, and of course performance is key with WebMerge, given the workload people throw at it.
This format has become the foundation for a new proposed universal format described in this thread:
With any luck we'll start seeing merchants use that format so you'll be able to use the same templates with multiple feeds, and have great performance at the same time.Richard Gaskin
Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
January 13th, 2006, 05:29 PM #4
Thank you both for taking the time to reply. I'm excited to be taking what I think is the "next step" for me in regards to my websites. Both of your websites have been extremely helpful. It seems to me that the tab format is the way to go.
January 13th, 2006, 09:35 PM #5Originally Posted by meleemel
Have a great weekend.
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