Alternatives to Built-in File Formats

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These are alternatives to the File Formats that are built into BC3. Only use them if the built-in handling does not suit your needs.



CSV files (*.csv)

Text format Comma Separated Values
14-May-2008

Compares as plain text instead of as tables.

HTML source (*.asp, *.ascx, *.aspx, *.htm, *.html)

Data format HTML tables
14-May-2008

Strips out everything except tables before comparing.
Text format HTML tidied
19-Aug-2009

Standardizes code style before comparing.
Windows Windows only.
Text format HTML to text
16-Apr-2009

Strips out everything except plain text before comparing.
Windows Windows only.

INI files (*.ini)

Text format INI files sorted
2-Feb-2011

Alphanumerically sorts before comparing.
Windows Windows only.

Java source (*.jav, *.java)

Text format Java source tidied
14-Jul-2009

Standardizes code style before comparing.
Windows Windows only.

MSExcel workbooks (*.xls, *.xlsm, *.xlsx)

Text format Microsoft Excel workbooks
21-Mar-2011

Converts to CSV before comparing as plain text.
Requires Microsoft Excel 97 or newer (2007 for *.xlsm, *.xlsx).
Windows Windows only.
Text format Microsoft Excel workbooks to XML
21-Mar-2011

Converts to XML before comparing as plain text.
Requires Microsoft Excel 97 or newer (2007 for *.xlsm, *.xlsx).
Windows Windows only.
Text format Microsoft Excel workbooks VBA
26-Jun-2012

Extracts and compares VBA text.
Also affects *.xla, *.xlam, *.xlax, *.xlt, *.xltm, *.xltx.
Requires Microsoft Excel 97 or newer (2007 for *.xlsm, *.xlsx, etc).
Requires access to VBA be trusted.
Windows Windows only.
Text format Microsoft Excel workbooks with formulas
21-Mar-2011

Converts to CSV with formulas preserved before comparing as plain text.
Requires Microsoft Excel 97 or newer (2007 for *.xlsm, *.xlsx).
Windows Windows only.

MSWord documents (*.doc, *.docm, *.docx, *.dot, *.dotm, *.dotx)

Text format Microsoft Word documents extended
21-Mar-2011

Converts to plain text before comparing.
Slower than the built-in file format but works for a larger variety of files.
Requires Microsoft Word 2002 or newer (2007 for *.docm, *.docx, *.dotm, *.dotx).
Windows Windows only.
Text format Microsoft Word documents VBA
26-Jun-2012

Extracts and compares VBA text.
Also affects *.dot, *.dotm, *.dotx.
Requires Microsoft Word 2002 or newer (2007 for *.docm, *.docx, *.dotm, *.dotx).
Requires access to VBA be trusted.
Windows Windows only.

XML source (*.xml, *.xsl)

Text format XML sorted
31-Jan-2011

Alphanumerically sorts nodes before comparing.
Windows Windows only.
Text format XML sorted and tidied
31-Jan-2011

Alphanumerically sorts nodes and standardizes code style before comparing.
Windows Windows only.
Text format XML tidied
19-Aug-2009

Standardizes code style before comparing.
Windows Windows only.
Text format XML tidied with attributes sorted
19-Aug-2009

Alphanumerically sorts node attributes and standardizes code style before comparing.
Windows Windows only.


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