Format Template

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Title(s): - Names(s) that refer to the format.

Version ID: - Identification or version number of the format.

Date released: - Date that the version was released.

Date: - Date the format was created (YYYY-MM-DD)

Creator(s): Entity Template - The creator or original author of the format.

Contributor(s): - The current maintainers of the format.

Relationships: - Relationships that the format has with organizations, other formats, etc.

  • Previous Version(s): - Any format that is a previous version format of this one.
  • Contains: - Any format that is contained by this format.
  • Syntax Format(s): - Any syntax formats that the format may use.
  • Family Format(s): - Any family formats to which the format may belong.

Description: - Main description of the format, which can give extra information not categorized.

History: - Historical description depicting major events surrounding development, creation, and maintenance of this format.

Example(s): Example Template - Example of the format.

Identifier: - A URL or other identifier that refers to the format.

Documentation: Documentation Template - Information in general about the format.

File Extensions: - Extensions of the format, excluding the dot.

Applications: - Applications that the format uses.

  • Interoperable applications: Format Application Template - Applications which can read or write files of this format, but are not native applications for the format.

Magic numbers: - Unique identifying characters at the beginning of files for this format.

Format(s): - The MIME file types.

Rights: - The name or type of the license for the format. Examples: BSD-style license, Apache License, Proprietary license

Sustainability Factors: - Facts about the sustainability of this particular format.

  • Standardization: - Information regarding standardization attempts with this format.
  • Adoption: - Information about how this format has been adopted by other organizations.
    • Licensing and patent claims: - Any licenses or patent claims that the format makes.
  • Self-documentation: - Any self-documentation capabilities of the format.
  • External dependencies: - Anything that the format depends on outside of its control to function.
  • Technical protection considerations: - Any considerations that are necessary when it comes to technical protection.

Typical use: - Keywords that describe the format's typical use. Examples: CAD and CAM

File classification: - Specific properties that pertain to this format.

  • Type {Binary, Text}: - The type of file, choices are binary and text.

References: - A list of references regarding any aspects of this format; any reading material supplemental to this page.