Excel and SYLK files

Problem:

SYLK files that are just CSV files with ID as the first few characters. CSV files can also have ID as the first few characters.

You are Excel, a widely used (and mis-used) application for reading in .csv files. You encounter a file with ID as the first two characters.

Do you:

  • Check the next character to see if it is a comma, thereby reading in the file as a CSV and not a SYLK file
  • Offer a choice to the user of loading the file as a SYLK or CSV file, naturally assuming the user knows what the hell a STLK file is in the first place
  • Try loading the file as a SYLK file and proceed to shit the bed.

Trick question! You're Excel! Of course you shit the bed. Is there really any other choice?

Note: When your Wikipedia article only references links that show how your product shits the bed it might be time to rethink your strategy.


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