I think exporting as a merge file might work, though I believe you'd likely have to change the filename after export to add .txt to the end of the file name.
Try exporting as a Merge file. This is a comma delimited file, with quotes encapsulating each field, but it does include the field names.
Thanks for the tip. it appears that the .mer file is simply a .csv file format. Meaning its text and can simply be renamed to *.csv to be interpreted correctly by most programs, and it does include field names.
It is possible to use Export XML to produce a tab-delimited text file, with a specified encoding, directly from FileMaker. It requires a fairly simple (as these things go) XSL stylesheet file, in an accessible known location.
The location is just a relative file (in the same folder) in the example. Which works fine with a standalone FileMaker file. But if hosted, you'd need to put the XSL somewhere everyone could access; either a file server or on a web site, and adjust the XSL path to fit.
The XSL looks kind of obsure if you've never seen it before. But it is heavily commented. It is generic, in the sense that it will work with any FileMaker file that is exporting normal data (ie., no repeating fields, not portal data, though I suppose it could be adjusted for that).
It looks like Fenton Jones had put up an interesting solution back in October of 2010, but the link is no longer active. Here's hoping that Mr. Jones would be so kind as to make, Export_tab_wField_Names_XML.zip, available once again.
Hello from most of me. I have put that (small) file back (I think). It will not be there forever, so get it soon. My website may go way in time. I'm not writing much FileMaker these days.
I had a stroke about a year ago. I lost some things in my brain, some connections to words. Which kind of slowed down my FileMaker work. I am getting it back, but slowly.
Best Wishes Fenton.
You've made any number of valuable contributions here in the forum. Hope you make it all the way back, and soon...
Thank you for taking the trouble to re-post this item. I've downloaded the file. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, but glad that it's coming back.
I wish you well and a continued recovery.