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What is a DTEX file?
A DTEX file is a LaTeX document used by DataTex, a tool for creating and managing databases of LaTeX files. It contains typical LaTeX content and DataTex-specific metadata. The metadata specifies the database in which the DTEX file is stored, as well as other organizational information.
LaTeX is a document preparation system used primarily by academics, to format scientific documents for publication. To create a LaTeX document, a writer uses a LaTeX or plain text editor to define the document's elements and content using the LaTeX markup language. A publisher can then use a TeX publication program to transform the LaTeX document into a formatted .PDF or other publishable document.
DataTex is a LaTeX document creation and management system created by Spyros Fronimos. It allows professors (and others) to create databases of course exercises, proofs, definitions, and other LaTeX documents. (Often, one database per course.) The LaTeX documents that DataTex creates are saved as DTEX files.
Each DTEX file is saved within a database (.DB file), the path to which is specified in that DTEX file. A DTEX file can also include additional DataTex metadata, such as the document's:
- Content type (exercise, definition, figure, etc.)
- Related course chapter and section
- Exercise type
In DataTex, users can use this additional metadata to sort and filter their DTEX documents, making it easier to retrieve specific documents.
How to open a DTEX file
It is best to open DTEX files with DataTex. When you open a DTEX file with DataTex, the program will load the entire database within which that DTEX file is contained (provided you have access to the database). It will also show (and allow you to edit) the DTEX file's DataTex-specific metadata.