----- Original Message -----
From: "David Breneman" <[log in to unmask]>
> --- Scott Phillips <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > ... Could make searches in databases a real pain...!!
> Which brings up the fact that if you're intending for
> your list to reside in a database, the best way to
> produce it is as a .csv file, with quotes around each
> field, ie:
> "Artist","Title","Place Where Recorded","OtherStuff","etc."
> "Another Artist","Title","..."...
> But, yeah, this is kind of a digression.
Note that MANUALLY creating/converting into a .csv file is a slow and
painstaking task! This gives on the option of finding out if the original
application which created the file has an "Export" option of "Comma
Delimited [.csv]" or doing a LOT of typing!
Best approach...try and find out which application was used to create the
file in question...or, of a text-based format (i.e. the "Abrams Files"...)
figure out if your application of choice can import the file(s)...! In the
above case, you would be importing a text-based database file, with field
lengths of 50,80,10,10,10,10,30...!
Other than that, check for a shared format for file-exchange purposes...or,
if the original is in somehing like Mac-based FileMaker, steel yourself for
a WHOLE LOT of typing...!
Steven C. Barr
(who, in some cases, can offer useful help...!)