3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 18, 2015 9:00 PM by Sajeev Sridharan

    How do i parse a csv into my inDesign script?

    sierraoscardelta

      hi there, having real trouble with this:

       

      // target the latest version of InDesign

      #target "InDesign-10"

       

      // This will parse a delimited string into an array of

      // arrays. The default delimiter is the comma, but this

      // can be overriden in the second argument.

      // http://www.bennadel.com/blog/1504-ask-ben-parsing-csv-strings-with-javascript-exec-regular -expression-command.htm

       

      function CSVToArray( strData, strDelimiter ){

          // Check to see if the delimiter is defined. If not,

          // then default to comma.

          strDelimiter = (strDelimiter || ",");

          // Create a regular expression to parse the CSV values.

          var objPattern = new RegExp(

              (

                  // Delimiters.

                  "(\\" + strDelimiter + "|\\r?\\n|\\r|^)" +

                      // Quoted fields.

                      "(?:\"([^\"]*(?:\"\"[^\"]*)*)\"|" +

                      // Standard fields.

                      "([^\"\\" + strDelimiter + "\\r\\n]*))"

              ),

              "gi"

          );

          // Create an array to hold our data. Give the array

          // a default empty first row.

          var arrData = [[]];

          // Create an array to hold our individual pattern

          // matching groups.

          var arrMatches = null;

          // Keep looping over the regular expression matches

          // until we can no longer find a match.

          while (arrMatches = objPattern.exec( strData )){

              // Get the delimiter that was found.

              var strMatchedDelimiter = arrMatches[ 1 ];

              // Check to see if the given delimiter has a length

              // (is not the start of string) and if it matches

              // field delimiter. If id does not, then we know

              // that this delimiter is a row delimiter.

              if (

                  strMatchedDelimiter.length &&

                      (strMatchedDelimiter != strDelimiter)

              ){

                  // Since we have reached a new row of data,

                  // add an empty row to our data array.

                  arrData.push( [] );

              }

              // Now that we have our delimiter out of the way,

              // let's check to see which kind of value we

              // captured (quoted or unquoted).

              if (arrMatches[ 2 ]){

                  // We found a quoted value. When we capture

                  // this value, unescape any double quotes.

                  var strMatchedValue = arrMatches[ 2 ].replace(

                      new RegExp( "\"\"", "g" ),

                      "\""

                  );

              } else {

                  // We found a non-quoted value.

                  var strMatchedValue = arrMatches[ 3 ];

              }

              // Now that we have our value string, let's add

              // it to the data array.

              arrData[ arrData.length - 1 ].push( strMatchedValue );

          }

          // Return the parsed data.

          return( arrData );

      }

      // read source file

      var csv = CSVToArray(File("../data/source.csv"), ",");

       

      // create new document using specified presets

      var myDocument              = app.documents.add();

      var myTextFrame             = myDocument.pages.item(0).textFrames.add();

      myTextFrame.geometricBounds =  ["6p", "6p", "24p", "24p"];

      myTextFrame.contents        = "// this is where i want to pull a value from a specific cell within the csv.  I will have multiple TextFrames in the final script but want to see proof of concept before complicating further"