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Problems replacing aphostophies

Posted on 2012-04-13
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I was hoping that someone might help me understand why a problem I had importing data occurred and how I can resolve it if it happens in the future.

I was importing data using mySQL workbench and used MS Excel / MS Word to add apostrophes around the text before I imported it.  I then encountered an error when mySQL did not like one of the apostrophes.

(1,'Administrator',6,15,25,‘2012-04-13 00:00:00','1899-12-30 12:18:00','T Administrator')

Only the apostrophe before 2012-04 caused a problem but no matter what I replaced it with in Word, mySQL refused to accept it.  In the end, since I only had 50 records, I changed them all by hand to get the data import to work.

I would appreciate if someone could tell me what causes this behaviour and how to get around it.  Why would only one apostrophe be different – I originally added them all in MS Excel before saving the file in a .csv format, opening it in MS Word.

The steps I took were:
1)      added single quotes around some columns that contained data i.e. =”’” & C4 & “’”
2)      Copied column and pasted Values only
3)      Copied all columns into table in MS Word
4)      Converted table to text using commas as field break
5)      Replaced all paragraphs with ),( adding an initial opening bracket
6)      Copied into MySQL and made it into an Insert query
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Question by:Nemetona
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by:GrahamSkan
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It looks like a "Smart quote" to me. This one is for opening speech. The closing version looks the same, but turned through 180 degrees.  Some software will treat it like an apostrophe, and some won't.
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"Smart quotes" is Word's term to differentiate them from straight quotes. The default setting in Word's Autocorrect  is to substitute these angled versions whenever the user hits the single quote (apostrophe) or the double quotes keys.
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by:Nemetona
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I'm still not very sure why it only happened with the quote before the 2012 and none of the other ones.

By turning off the Autocorrect option to replace straight quotes with curly quotes the issue has gone away.

Many thanks.
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