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Export File Formats


ARB_NT/File/Export/Export to external format



The export format description file (*.eft) describes the format. It contains different sections:


SUFFIX          suffix          ;The suggested file suffix
#               headerinfo      ;Header information
BEGIN ...                       ;the main section
The main section is part of a 'SRT' (see ´Search and Replace Tool (SRT)´) conversion (in fact the main section S is replaced by "*=S" and the SRT is started on an empty string). That means:
  1. All simple 'text' is written to the output file.
  2. All references '*([ref][:|#modifier])' are replaced by the [modified] value of the reference
  3. All lines containing the word '$$DELETE_LINE$$' are deleted.
  4. Lines ending with a \ are joined with the next line.


PRE_FORMAT xxx.eft
[ DESCRIPTION "text describing generated export format" ]+
SYSTEM "command"
First a output is created using xxx.eft. Then command is used to convert the result into the wanted result.
In command use
$< as input-filename
$> as output-filename
used for formats hardcoded in ARB_NT.
Supported types:
'xml_write' Writes all none-hidden fields to XML.


The best ways to design new formats are:

  1. Copy an existing format and modify it step by step.
  2. Design a simple format and modify it step by step.

For a list of common database entries see ´SPECIES INFORMATION´.



Edit the files in '$ARBHOME/lib/export'



Don't change an '*.eft' file, if you don't understand how it works. Be careful when using ':' or '"' symbols. Escape them if those symbols don't have a meaning.



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