[EpiData-list] Epidata SPSS-Export

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Tue Dec 15 03:32:33 CST 2020

Dear Juergen,
this is right, the SPSS-Export doesn't work right. The used SPSS- 
Command "data list" is a lit bit out of date and could not handle 
qualifiers for Textvariables.

This is a workaround:
Do the SPSS-Export.
Afterwards do a second export, the "CSV-Export", and overwrite the 
existing file.
In the Specifications for the CSV-Export you can disable/delete the 
Quote Character.

Am 15.12.2020 10:08 schrieb EpiData development and support:
> Dear all,
> I have a little problem with the SPSS-Export of the Epidata-Files.
> When you export string variables, you can specify the variable
> delimiter (e.g. "|") but not the text delimiter. The result is a csv
> file, that is imported in SPSS with quotation marks at the start and
> the end of every string variable, even if the variable is empty. I
> found no way to delete these quotation marks during the spss import
> process except with a quite complicated macro.
> Is it possible to change the SPSS export?
> Kind Regards,
> Juergen Spiegel
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