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DVI File Format

Device Independent Document (TeX) (LaTeX)

DVI is a file extension for the output files used with TeX LaTeX software. DVI stands for DeVice Independent file. 

DVI files contain binary data that describe the visual layout of a document, not relying on any particular image format, display device or printer. DVI files can't be read directly by TeX compatible software, instead relying on a DVI driver to interpret the data. 

DVI files differ from Postscript and PDF documents in that they lack support for embedded fonts. DVI files can be opened by TeX compatible software such as LaTeX, MikTeX, Xdvi and Windvi.


MIME type: application/x-dvi


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I was attempting to open a math paper by du Sautoy. It has a .dvi file ending. I can't open it on my Mac (OS X 10.6.8). Not easily done?



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