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(Hamster archive also counts, it is used as a format to implement other formats as much as IFF and ZIP are. But does SQLite count?)
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* [[SGML]]
* [[SGML]]
* [[Softdisk Publishing UDF files]]
* [[Softdisk Publishing UDF files]]
* [[SQLite]]
* [[XCDL]] (part of XCL project)
* [[XCDL]] (part of XCL project)
* [[XML]]
* [[XML]]

Latest revision as of 23:57, 21 January 2020

File Format
Name Metaformats


A metaformat (or meta format) is a generic low-level file format used as a basis for defining high-level file formats.

Whether a format is a metaformat is ultimately a judgment call. There are no definitive answers to questions like: What is the difference between a container format and a metaformat? Or a serialization format and a metaformat? Is CSV a metaformat, or is it a database or a spreadsheet format? Should TIFF and PDF be considered to be metaformats, given all the subformats of them that have been defined?

Another reasonable, but different, definition of metaformat is "a format that describes other formats". For those formats, see Schema formats.

[edit] Formats that implement other formats

[edit] Other "formats about formats"

See also Schema formats.

[edit] Links

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