||We have confirmed thru a number of tests that Netscape Navigator 4 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 store GLOBE data differently. When downloading data from the GLOBE web site, you have a choice between TAB, COMMA, or SPACE delimited. If you choose TAB, and save the resulting file as a text file, MSIE-4 saves the TAB characters as true TAB characters. Navigator-4, however, converts the TAB character into a variable series of SPACE characters. As a result, the data from Netscape get seen as a single field, while the data from MSIE get seen correctly, as multiple fields.
You can download the data using commas with either browser and have a good result, as long as you do not add the school data. If you add the school names, you may discover that some are presented with SCHOOLNAME, CITY, STATE, COUNTRY while others are presented with SCHOOLNAME, CITY, COUNTRY. Since some schools also may have a comma or two in their name (such as "Academy of Science, Math, and Technology"), this can be troublesome. Then, your best bet is to download in TAB format using MSIE, in which case the commas will yield grammatical breaks within a single field.
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