Although I have tested both over and over again, I could not get any satisfactory results. Mostly a few records turned out to be as expected, but the quality of the rest was unpredictable.
Both programs need a FST to lead the comma delimited fields into the corresponding CDS/ISIS fields. This FST, which you must write with an editor, cannot contain all the commands of an ordinary CDS/ISIS FST, but the limits are not clear. It does not allow you to add unconditional strings, e.g.
22 0 '^a19980110'but you can add conditonal strings:
200 0 "^a"v1CDIMP will produce this dialogue screen:
FST name: books File name: books.txt Backup drive and/or directory? c:\db\ MFN 22 added MFN 23 added MFN 24 added Next MFN to be assigned: 25 --->(The texts you must fill in are printed in bold.) And DLMIMP will produce this screen:
Delimited format to CDS/ISIS conversion
Import FST name? ...... books Input file name? ...... c:\db\books.txt Importing record 27 -->In the hands of somebody who has the right input material and the right understanding of the programs, CDFIMP and DLMIMP may be satisfactory, but I find Fangorn a better conversion program for comma delimited files.
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