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format

Computing
a. the defined arrangement of data encoded in a file or for example on magnetic disk or CD-ROM, essential for the correct recording and recovery of data on different devices
b. the arrangement of text on printed output or a display screen, or a coded description of such an arrangement

format

[′fȯr‚mat]
(computer science)
The specific arrangement of data on a printed page, display screen, or such, or in a record, data file, or storage device.
To prepare a disk to store information by using a special program that divides the disk into storage units such as tracks and sectors.

format

An AIA standardized arrangement of the contents of the project manual, including bidding information, contract forms, conditions of the contract, and specifications (which are subdivided into the sixteen divisions illustrated under contract documents).

format

Formed web-extruded rib.
i. In photography, the size and/or shape of a negative or of the print.
ii. In cartography, the shape and size of a map or chart.

format

(storage)
disk format - to prepare a new, blank disk for writing.

format

(operating system)
file format - how data is arranged in a specific type of file.

format

(1) (noun) The structure of an item. Screen formats are the way the application's windows and data are presented for display. Report formats are the columns, headers and footers on a page. Record formats are the fields within a record.

File formats are how programs and data files are laid out. There are many different file formats in each data category, and each one has its own codes and rules for storing the content. See file format, graphics formats, record, extension, header, disk format and style sheet.

(2) (verb) To initialize a storage medium (hard disk, CD-RW, etc.) to hold data. See format program.
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A detailed assessment of the likely outcomes of the current video format war and its effect on the industry.
Establishing a common format for describing statistical information will further enhance Virage Logic's IP robustness with respect to design variability," said Jim Ensell, senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Virage Logic.
GEI Wide Format Solutions, a Visual Edge Technology Company, markets equipment, software and supplies through a 100+ dealer network in North America.
Conversely, there is a growing awareness by service providers and consumers that the expectation by some higher education institutions for students to "self-publish" alternate formats may not be the most productive use of the student's time (NEADS, 2004).
New Line Cinema, the minimajor behind ``The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy, also announced Monday that it plans to release titles in the HD DVD format.
The final specifications and format book for DVD+R9 seem to be much further along than that for the DVD Forum's DVD-R9 format.
Many different kinds of organizations are also finding PDF file formats to be business assets (Doyle 2000).
Consortium Enhances Accessibility Features of Open Format for Office Applications
Typically, this would be the case for formats that are completely unknown or too expensive to preserve, for example, a compiled, binary program in a programing language that was invented by the author and never documented.
Amazingly, some vendors of D2D backup systems have opted to discard the advantages of disk-based backup by making the disk systems emulate tape drives, including the use of proprietary data formats.