Comma-separated values

Comma-separated values [ˈkɑː.məˈsep·əˌreɪted ˈvæl·juz]: a file format for storing tabular data, in which cells are separated by commas.

The punctuation is not standardized though, which is why you might also come across files in which cells are seperated by semicolons or varying decimal punctuation like periods or commas. There are also some special forms that often end with .csv. For example tab-seperated or space-sperated values. Many programs allow you to specify the type of seperator, decimal point etc.

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