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Device Independent Bitmap. A Windows format for holding bitmap data in a known format which is independent of any physical device constraints and can therefore be rendered to any device (e.g. display, printer etc).

A DIB may be 1 bit per pixel (bpp), 4bpp, 8bpp or 24bpp.

A DIB may be held in memory (or stored to disk), but may need to be converted to a DDB before it can be stored in a device. This translation (where necessary) is normally handled by the Windows GDI.