Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Dwight K. Elvey <dwight.elvey_at_amd.com>
Date: Wed Aug 11 17:05:45 2004

>From: spc_at_conman.org
>It was thus said that the Great Vintage Computer Festival once stated:
>> HOWEVER, this makes it very difficult to use the imagefile on an emulator.
>> To use the floppy disk example again, if the emulator wants Track 14
>> Sector 8 (or Block 417) but it has not been explicitly laid out in the
>> imagefile because it was originally zeroes, then the emulator, if poorly
>> designed, may crap out.
> Are you trying to create an archive format, or a format that is to be used
>by emulators? I say skip the emulators and concentrate on archival
>purposes. An emulator can then use the archive format to create a disk
>image in whatever internal format it requires.
> Don't complicate the problem.

 I agree. We only need to provide a format that could be converted
for a specific emulator, not necessarily one that can be conveniently
read by an emulator.

> -spc (And don't try to become everything for everybody ... )
Received on Wed Aug 11 2004 - 17:05:45 BST

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