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A method to import data from free format spread sheet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033186D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Input data for a computer process is usually in a specific file format and data structure that is pre-defined by the process program. However, this article shows a method to input data in free format spread sheet. It is beneficial in the following matter; (a) the original input data (in free format table) does not need to be converted to a specific format and sturcture required by the process program. As far as the original data is in free format, the conversion might be done manually and it may cause human errors. (b) In the case an output data set, which is created by adding the process results into the input data, is required, the output data can be formed in a natual extension of the input data table format. It is easy to read by people who prepared original input data.