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the python "csv" module doesn't ignore commented-out lines, but the docs *do* link to an RFC...

so yes, some committee at some point met at a golf course and tried to hash out a standard syntax ... for CSV.

the RFC is both better and worse than you'd expect: tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4180.ht -- yes it includes a BNF for escaping nested quotes, why do you ask

@robey They sure refer to "double quotes" a lot, sometimes three or more times in a sentence.

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