Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Dwight K. Elvey <dwight.elvey_at_amd.com>
Date: Wed Aug 11 17:05:46 2004

>From: "Vintage Computer Festival" <vcf_at_siconic.com>
>> or E5h? (fill byte for "no data" on CP/M formatting)
>> or F6h?
>> rather than "leave out" any sections that are just zeroes,
>> put in a tag that says "x 00's", "x E5's", etc.
>Well, sure. But then I went on to imply that this method has problems
>(one of which you just pointed out).
>Still, it bears consideration.

 Using the Postscript like concept, one would have a compactor
word defined earlier in the file such that simple syntax like:

 EXPAND 512 E5 would be able to create a block of 512 E5's

 Of course one might want to keep a consistant radix like:
 EXPAND 200 E5
 But that is not neccessary if the word EXPAND was first defined
as such.
 Also such things as copy protection where a sector size has
been changed on a track might be encoded as:

 SECTOR_DATA 1 xx....xxx etc.
 The Archive file could include a simple glossary of the externally
defined words that are in common use while still being internally
extended to cover special cases.
Received on Wed Aug 11 2004 - 17:05:46 BST

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