csv file definition

Can anyone explain the difference between a comma seperated value/variable (.csv) file and a comma delimited ascii file. CSV files seem to have headers with field definitions - is this always the case?

Thanks, Tom.
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Our office uses the .csv file when we need to debug the data file.  Since the file is always loaded into Excel, it proves to be beneficial to have the headers visible.  I would say that it is not always the case to have the headers, but it make it a lot easier to find fields.
CSV files and comma delimited files generally refer to the same thing.  The one with headers in them make it possible to use those files with things like ODBC, and as scott007 said, as column headers when importing into spreadsheets.

The actual grammar of the file depends on whoever wrote the software.  Most times string fields will have quotes surrounding them and numeric fields will not.  As far as the headers go, most do not have headers (at least from all the ones I've ever seen).


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boardtcAuthor Commented:
Peter_vc, so wahta you are saying is that most of the time csv files and comma delimited files are one and the same?
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boardtcAuthor Commented:
Peter_vc, so what you are saying is that most of the time csv files and comma delimited files are one and the same?
I'd have to say that all of the time csv files and comma delimited files are one and the same.
boardtcAuthor Commented:
Well, pesonally I have never seen a header in a traditional comma-delimited file but maybe you can get them...
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