Tag Image File Format (TIFF) - F Profile for Facsimile (RFC2306)
Original Publication Date: 1998-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
G. Parsons: AUTHOR [+2]
This document references the Tag Image File Format (TIFF) to define the F profile of TIFF for facsimile (TIFF-F) as a file format that may be used for the storage and interchange of facsimile images.
Network Working Group G. Parsons
Request for Comments: 2306 Northern Telecom
Category: Informational J. Rafferty
Tag Image File Format (TIFF) - F Profile for Facsimile
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This document describes in detail the definition of TIFF-F that is
used to store facsimile images. The TIFF-F encoding has been
folklore with no standard reference definition before this document.
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This document references the Tag Image File Format (TIFF) to define
the F profile of TIFF for facsimile (TIFF-F) as a file format that
may be used for the storage and interchange of facsimile images.
2. TIFF Definition
TIFF (Tag Image File Format) Revision 6.0 is defined in detail within
A brief review of concepts used in TIFF is included in this document
as background information, but the reader is directed to the original
TIFF specification [TIFF] to obtain specific technical details.
2.1 Baseline TIFF and Applications
TIFF provides a method to describe and store raster image data. A
primary goal of TIFF is to provide a rich environment within which
implementations can exchange image data. [TIFF] characterizes
Baseline TIFF as being the core of TIFF, the essentials that all
mainstream TIFF developers should support in their products.
Applications of TIFF are defined by using Baseline TIFF as a starting
point and then defining "extensions" to TIFF that are used for the
specific "application", as well as specifying any other differences
from Baseline TIFF.
3. TIFF-F Definition
Though it has been in common usage for many years, TIFF-F has
previously never been documented in the form of a standard. An
informal TIFF-F document was originally created by a small group of
fax experts led by Joe Campbell. The existence of TIFF-F is noted in
[TIFF] but it is not defined. This document defines the F
application of [TIFF]. For ease of reference, the term TIFF-F will be
used throughout this document as a shorthand for "F Profile of TIFF
for Facsimile". TIFF-F files are intended for use with the
image/tiff MIME media content-type which includes support for the
"application" parameter (e.g., application=faxbw).
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",