[EpiData-list] New test versions of EpiData Manager and EpiData EntryClient

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Mon Oct 28 17:14:27 CDT 2013

Because SPSS software expects the .sps file to be readable by a human and editable by software, choice of a delimiter is really limited to visible characters that can be created with a keyboard. Localization of data requires UTF-8 coding of text, which is handled badly by SPSS in any format other than delimited. 

I think that the Epidata team has chosen a good compromise.


On Oct 28, 2013, at 8:47 AM, epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca wrote:

> On 2013-10-28 13:24, epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca wrote:
>> Den 2013-10-28 10:39 skreiv epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca:
>>> In regards to b) the main issue is that the delimiter cannot be part
>>> of the data, not even if it is enclosed in
>>> quotations. Since a text field in EpiData may contain ANY kind of
>>> data (that includes all visible UTF-8 characters),
>>> I chose the vertical bar "|" to be the on LEAST likely to be used as
>>> part of a text field.
>> How about using character 0x1E (30) or 0x1F (31) instead.
>> They were *designed* for precisely this problem:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delimiter#ASCII_delimited_text
> That is true, but then you would have the problem with non-displaying characters in
> a file/text editor - leading to strange symbyls like a square (in Windows) or a
> questionmark (in eg. Linux).
> IMHO that is a less desired alternative that using a visible, but infrequently
> used symbol.
> Regards,
> Torsten Christiansen
> EpiData.
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