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Data::TableReader::Decoder::IdiotCSV - Access rows of a badly formatted comma-delimited text file


version 0.011


This decoder deals with those special people who think that encoding CSV is as simple as

  print join(',', map { qq{"$_"} } @row)."\n";

regardless of their data containing quote characters or newlines, resulting in garbage like

  "First Name","Last Name","Nickname"
  "Joe","Smith",""SuperJoe, to the rescue""

This can actually be processed by (recent versions of) the Text::CSV module with the following configuration:

    binary => 1,
    allow_loose_quotes => 1,
    allow_whitespace => 1,
    escape_char => undef,

And so this module is simply a subclass of Data::TableReader::Decoder::CSV which provides those defaults to the parser.


Michael Conrad <>


This software is copyright (c) 2019 by Michael Conrad.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.