What is a Tab-delimited File and How is it Used in PARS?
A tab-delimited file is an electronic document that contains text and numbers separated by tabbed spacing. When you open one of these tab-delimited files in a text editor or word processor, here is what it looks like. Most spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Excel, allow users to convert spreadsheet data in rows and columns into a tab-delimited file through an easy “save as” or “export” process.
Depending on the capabilities of your CME tracking system or database, you may be able to export your data from that system directly into a tab-delimited file that meets the specifications required by PARS. However, another approach you might take is to export the data from your CME tracking system or database to a file format that is compatible with a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel. Refer to the software users guide or developer of your own CME tracking system or database to find out more about how this can be done.