Composite fields in FlatFile schema

Hi,
In our project we use GIS as the translator which we are trying to migrate to Webmethods. We are facing a couple of problems in that,

Consider the FF structure like,

Tag Field Field
| | |
v v v
ENV|FIRST|SECOND|COMP_1|COMP_2|THIRD
|--------------------|
|
v
Composite Element

| - field and subfield delimiter.

1.In the flat file format used in our case the composite elements are defined like,

‘Subfield:Subfiled’

‘’–> field delimiter
: --> Subfield delimiter

where as all the subfields are considered as data.

In case of webmethods when i tried to do the same the first subfield is not considered as data(SECOND). Instead the data it assumes starting from subfield number 2(COMP_1). Can any one suggest me a way to come out of this.

  1. In some of the cases in a flatfile a delimiter was used both as a field delimiter and a subfiled delimiter. This was a acceptable scenario in GIS, but in WM I when i tried this i saw that the composite element was not taken for data at all,

i,e in this FF the output was for the FIRST field and the COMP_1 only. The SECOND Field was not considered as a composite at all.

Please help.

As this message was not clear i have reformatted my query to a new thread. Inconvenience is regretted