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Name TeX/LaTeX Device Independent Document
Other names DVI
Identifiers MIME:  application/x-dvi
PUID:  fmt/160
Classification Page Description
Disclosure Full
Description The Device Independent File Format (DVI) is the output file format of the TeX typesetting program. DVI files comprise binary data describing the visual layout of a document in a device-independent manner. A DVI file consists of a preamble, a sequence of commands defining one or more pages of text, and a postamble. Each command comprises an eight-bit opcode, followed by zero or more bytes of parameters. DVI driver software is required to render or print DVI files, or to convert them to other formats, such as PostScript or PDF.
Orientation Binary
Byte order Big-endian (Motorola)
Related file formats None.
Technical Environment  
Released 01 Jan 1979
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by None.
Supported by None.
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 02 Aug 2005
Source description  
Last updated 16 Mar 2012
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