This standard was decided upon for multiple reasons. Some of the reasons include:
- The limited digits of precision reduces disk space usage for large data files.
- The prefixed length of data reduces complexity and eliminates the Express User from having to worry about formatting.
- It is actually a text file and is designed to be easily parsed and read when imported into a spreadsheet program (i.e., Microsoft Excel) or a text editor (i.e., Notepad).
Within the LabVIEW shipping examples, there are many functional VIs already created that you can work off of using LabVIEW File I/O primitives. This is the recommended way to develop these kind of applications and will allow for more robust programs. You can examples at:
LabVIEW >> Help >> Find Examples >> Fundamentals >> File input and Output >> Spreadsheet >> Tab-Delimited Data.lvproj OR Write to Spreadsheet (both are in the same directory)