Spreadsheet annoyance no. 3: quotes have priority

Posted by Bob_Mesibov on Jan 20, 2021 1:46 AM EST
BASHing data; By Bob Mesibov
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Spreadsheets confuse non-dates with dates, and automatically interpret certain number strings with 2 colons as [h]:mm:ss. Grrr. I've now found another example of spreadsheets doing unexpected things with plain-text data. By default, spreadsheet programs see quotes (") as string delimiters. If there's a quote at the start of a data item but none at the end, the results are... interesting.

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