CSV Output From Documentum
Posted on 2009-04-09
We are working with a vendor to spec out a Documentum-based solution.
Among the needs are a data file that reports on the state of active workflows daily.
Apparently this is standard functionality for Documentum. Problem is, one particular
field may contain multiple delimited values, in particular file names. According to
the vendor, Documentum delimits multiple items with commas. That's fine. The
vendor says, however, that if we use the CSV file extension, the editor, Excel or
whatever, will interpret the item-delimiting commas as column delimiters, so
they have advised us to use a TXT extension and delimit columns with tabs.
Well that's fine too, but it seems odd. The official CSV specification says that
values that contain commas should be contained in quotes, and quotes should
be doubled. Is Documentum CSV-unaware, or is our vendor not understanding