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    Format 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,

    Mel

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    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)

    Fred

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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:
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...ighlight=feeds

    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
    http://www.fourthworld.com

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    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.

    mel

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    Quote Originally Posted by meleemel
    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.

    mel
    Glad I could help. Truth is, when questions come along I know the answer to, it's easy. Trouble is, I only know the answers to about three questions

    Have a great weekend.

    Fred

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