What does the term mean?

A plain text method of storing data in a tabular way.

Cells within the table are separated by commas, and a new row is signified by a line break.

The first row in a CSV file can be the names of the columns but this is not necessary to include.

Although a comma is usually used, actually any character can be used to separate values, including spaces and tabs etc., hence CSV can also stand for ‘character-separated values’.

What does the term mean?

A type of file format that stores information and data without any formatting (bold, italic etc.) or special characters.

The program Notepad on Windows-based computers produces plain text files.

This often makes data contained in the file easier to import into other programs as special characters can often cause problems if they are not supported in the program you are importing the data to.