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delimited ASCII sequential files

n. ~ Computing · A format for data output in which information is written as a continuous stream, with fields separated by special characters.

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The format is often used when fields are variable in length. A common format is comma-separated values (CSV); each field in a record is separated by a comma, with text fields enclosed with single or double quotation marks, brackets, or braces so that internal commas are not confused with delimiters; each record is delimited by a new line.