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1 1  = What is a DIF file? =
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3 -DIF stands for Data Interchange Format that is used to import/export spreadsheets data between different applications. These include Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice.org Calc, StarCalc and many others. It stores
3 +DIF stands for Data Interchange Format that is used to import/export spreadsheets data between different applications. These include Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, StarCalc and many others. It stores data contained in a single spreadsheet which is the only limitation of this file format.
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5 +== Brief History ==
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6 -**Data Interchange Format** (.dif) is a [[text file>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Text_file]] [[format>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_format]] used to import/export single [[spreadsheets>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spreadsheet]] between spreadsheet programs ([[OpenOffice.org Calc>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org_Calc]], [[Excel>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Excel]], [[Gnumeric>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnumeric]], [[StarCalc>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarCalc]], [[Lotus 1-2-3>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_1-2-3]], [[FileMaker>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FileMaker]], [[dBase>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DBase]], [[Framework>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Framework_(office_suite)]], [[Multiplan>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplan]], etc.). One limitation is that DIF format cannot handle multiple spreadsheets in a single workbook.
7 +The DIF file format was developed by Software Arts, Inc. in the early 1980s. The file format specifications for DIF were included in VisiCalc which was the first spreadsheet program for personal computers. These specifications were copyrighted in 1981 and was a registered trademark of Software Arts Products Corp.
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8 -Due to the similarity in abbreviation and in age (both date to the early 1980s), the DIF spreadsheet format it is often confused with **Navy DIF**; Navy DIF, however, is an unrelated "document interchange format" for word processors.^^[[[1]>>url:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_Interchange_Format#cite_note-InfoWorld_1985-1]]^^
9 +== DIF File Format ==
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11 -A DIF file is a [[spreadsheet>>url:https://techterms.com/definition/spreadsheet]] supported by spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel and Access and Apache OpenOffice Calc. It contains spreadsheet data exported from a program. DIF files are stored in ASCII text, which means they can be viewed and edited with a text editor.
11 +DIF store spreadsheet contents in ASCII text file that allows it to be viewed and edited with a text editor. The format owns its place in data serialization formats list for its characteristics of data interchange. A DIF file consists of 2 sections; a header and data.