Importing textual data removes some letters

I have the following file TSV file p.txt containing a single line of 3 values:

"22p" "22o" "22u"

(The actual files are many lines, i.e. 2D, but I'm sticking to this minimum example)

Using either Import["p.txt", "TSV"] or Import["p.txt", "Table"] produces the same unintended output of:

{{22, "22o", "22u"}}

I.e. the first entry is falsely interpreted as a value and the letter "p" is removed. I would like to have every entry interpreted as a string. How to achieve this?

I know how to do it using the ReadList command. But I probably cannot use it as I rely on the CharacterEncoding->"Unicode" option of Import for the data files. If there is another way to resepct the files Byte Encoding, I could also use ReadList.

Import["p.txt", "Table", "Numeric" -> False]

• Yes, Import is a very general function, and you have to look into the documentation of the format, such as "Table". Jan 3 at 12:58