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Opening an UTF-8 CSV containing HTML with Excel

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a multi-language website and i need to open an csv in Excel for the translation company to translate the content from english to mandarin.

The file is UTF-8 and when I open it by double clicking, Excel doesn’t care what charset it is and some characters are messed up. When I open it through Data->Import Text, select UTF-8 and pick my semicolon delimiter and such, the characters are good but Excel generates new rows if it comes across a html closing tag

Any help? I’d be glad to upload the CSV somewhere so you can try for yourselves.

How to&Answers:

Throw Excel in the garbage and use OpenOffice Calc. It did the job perfectly! When I open the CSV with Calc, it automatically asks for the charset and it had no problems with keeping the HTML in one cell instead of adding new rows for each tag