Support » Plugin: WebLibrarian » CSV file import – "bad column" error

  • Hi Robert,

    I am trying to import a CSV file and each time we try it is giving an error, “Bad column:1”. I am wondering if you might be able to give us any insight into why this might happen. I had the client rename all of the columns in Excel according to the the user manual, but wondering if there is something we missed.

    Thanks so much.

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  • Plugin Author Robert Heller

    (@robertpheller)

    Excel is notorious for creating ‘bad’ (non-standard) CSV files. Have the client look at the CSV file with a *plain text editor* (notepad will probably do).

    Some of the things Excel does:

    1. add extra columns
    2. use unnecessary quotes (which can be confusing, since “” is not an empty string, but a quoted quote.)
    3. play games with newline characters
    4. not actually use commas (eg tabs instead).
    Plugin Author Robert Heller

    (@robertpheller)

    It is also important that the header line be coded in pure ASCII and not contain extra spaces. Eg ” Author” is not the same as “author”. This is potientally non-obvious to a non-techie and may not be noticable when looking at the Excel spreadsheet with Excel.

    Plugin Author Robert Heller

    (@robertpheller)

    Oh, it is important that the data values not excede field lengths or violate field type constraints.

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