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Thread: Import Converter deletes line feeds automatically

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    Acolyte pinarello's Avatar
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    Import Converter deletes line feeds automatically

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    After loading a website with Power Query I would have to notice that the import converter deleted line feeds (lf - Chr 10) during loading. This leads to the fact that I have no more possibility to split the text in the corresponding columns correctly.

    However, when I copy individual web pages to the clipboard and paste them into Excel's formula row, I then see (line 33) the line break and can replace it (line 35).

    I have documented an example in the enclosed Excel folder.

    Is there a way to solve this problem ???

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    Administrator Ken Puls's Avatar
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    I'll be honest, the only way I know to get around this is very ugly... it's to import the page as a text file instead of html, and do all of the parsing manually. Nasty, nasty business. If you want to do that, you'd just need to go to your source step, click the gear icon, and then change the "Open file as" to Text File.

    After that though... then the fun begins. You'd probably want to:
    • Add a custom column to say if [Column1] = "<!-- show threads -->" then "remove"
    • Fill the new column up
    • Remove all rows that have "remove" in that column
    • Then you're going to be doing a lot of splitting data and logic tests to be working out what data you need

    It won't be fun, but it should preserve all of the characters you need...
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