import spec: problem when a comma is in the data

I created a spec to import comma deliminator data.  The problem is sometime the file will contain values as part of the data not intended to indicate the next column in the .csv


For  example this address:

6397 Flank ROAD, Truman PLAZA

how do i deal with that situation?
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PatHartmanCommented:
Use the quote delimiter for text fields.  So the records would look like:

3457, "6397 Flank ROAD, Truman PLAZA", "SomeCity",  "SomeState", 458.97, "someother text field"

The numeric fields are not enclosed but all the text fields are.  That allows embedded commas.  Of course, the quotes can present a problem if your text strings might include quotes.  You can handle that if you have to by escaping them.  (doubling them).

123, "the item is 6"" wide",

Or, you can use the vertical pipe as the delimiter.  That character is unlikely to be in any text fields.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Either import entire row into a single column and write T-SQL to 'guess' (not recommended), or inform the technical contact of the issue and tell them to either enclose strings in quote marks, or use another delimiter.
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vbnetcoderAuthor Commented:
taking a second look at the file in notepad  and it looks  like there are quotes around any field that contains a comma.  So, i guess i need to update my spec
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vbnetcoderAuthor Commented:
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