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Comma Separated Value. An ASCII text file containing values with comma delimiters (i.e. commas separating distinct fields). Occasionally, but by no means a standard, the first line may contain the names of the fields. CSV files are normally denoted with a .csv file extension.

Most spreadsheet packages will import csv files directly and can also save a csv file. Some databases provide tools to import and/or export csv files. Some systems, when generating csv files, will place double quotes around strings others will not - there is no defining standard.

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