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Re: Syntax for Tabular Data on the Web

From: Leigh Dodds <leigh@ldodds.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:49:25 +0000
Message-ID: <CAC_nr_rzJwBYP_U-yUEC1LUf_jq6U5x0oKv5iYfzJY4po_19OA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Andy Seaborne <andy@apache.org>
Cc: public-csv-wg@w3.org
Hi,

On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM, Andy Seaborne <andy@apache.org> wrote:
> ...
> Comment of whitespace and appearance padding triggered by:
>
> """
> The first line of a CSV+ file MUST contain a comma-separated list of names
> of columns.
> """
>
> Data from a spreadsheet that itself is used for showing data can involve
> additional padding :  a title, blank lines, blank columns.
>
> Maybe we need to focus on this more data-centric style.
>
> ----------------------
> ,,,
> ,,TITLE,
> ,,,
> ,Sales region ,Quarter,Sales
> ,North,Q1,15
> ,,Q2,25
> ,,Q3,16
> ,,Q4,180
> ,South,Q1,18
> ,,Q2,25
> ,,Q3,13
> ,,Q4,99
> ----------------------

I don't think that is a data-centric style, I think its human-centric.
Titles, padding, blank lines are there for readers of the spreadsheet,
rather than consumers of the tabular data.

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