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2004.10.01 16:41 "[Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Ian Ameline
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2004.10.04 18:20 "Re: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Joris
2004.10.04 16:50 "Re: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Steve Carlsen
2004.10.04 18:30 "RE: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Bill Bither
2004.10.04 18:36 "RE: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Bob Friesenhahn
2004.10.04 18:46 "Re: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Joris
2004.10.05 14:41 "RE: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Loygorri, Fernando
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2004.10.04 18:30 "RE: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Bill Bither

I just want to make the point that there are already many flavors of TIFF files that many standard "image viewer" applictions do not open. For example, old style JPEG, CIELab, JBIG compressed TIFF's, Tiled TIFF's, etc, etc. Whether we like it or not, that's the way TIFF is. Why change that philosophy now and create a new extension?

I don't recall that point being brought up.

Regards,
Bill Bither
Atalasoft
www.atalasoft.com

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From: tiff-bounces@remotesensing.org [mailto:tiff-bounces@remotesensing.org] On Behalf Of Joris Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 2:21 PM

To: Steve Carlsen
Cc: Tiff mailing list

Subject: Re: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue

Steve,

> Does anyone want to attempt to impartially summarize the key arguments for and > against keeping the extension as ".tif"?

That is not easy, since many times, both parties differ as much on the facts as they do on the opinions. For example, one of the key arguments against changing the extension is that it is not common practice to do so for a new version of the same file format, and yet one of the key arguments for changing the extension is that it is common practice to do so for a majort backwards incomatible new version of the same file format. The argument of being clear for users is used by both parties, too.

I've made some attempt, but I feel it is safer not to claim anything at all, not even that the attempt is impartial, and to include pointers to archived message for more details.

We (almost) all seem to agree on:

- BigTIFF is not a new file format, but a new version of the TIFF format. http://www.asmail.be/msg0055457930.html

http://www.asmail.be/msg0055322059.html
http://www.asmail.be/msg0055358857.html

Except for http://www.asmail.be/msg0055356811.html

We are for changing the extension because:

We are against changing the extension because:

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