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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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For other data formats that might differ, such as phone numbers, you can store the data as a string and use an input mask to enter and display it in a particular format, such as (123) 456-7890.
In Study 1a there was no significant difference in risk perception for information that was presented in a probability format from that presented in a frequency format.
The format phenomenon between South Korea and China invites considerable attention from both businesses and from academic perspectives.
These are sentiments echoed by Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo, managing director of scripted format specialist Kabo International, who believes, "one element that is currently of great importance to almost all broadcasters around the world is co-viewing." She went on to explain, "there is a lot of demand for formats that can attract a broad range of demos.
The definition of format used in this article essentially follows the industry's definition: a programming format that has been sold for adaptation in at least one other country outside its country of origin.
Best Overall Store Design -- International/Hypermarket Format (new ground-up construction, under 50,000-square-feet)
He further said that board expects the new format would make a significant alteration to the nature of the game.
ODF was intended to be an alternative to proprietary formats, including those used by Microsoft Office and other applications.
The Archives will be able to read older file formats in the format in which they were originally saved by running emulated versions of the older Windows operating systems on modern computers.
Both formats offer high-resolution pictures and sensational sound, along with pop-up onscreen menus, picture-in-a-picture features, and the ability to change languages or scenes.
Another limitation with the ESRI software is that if data are stored in ArcSDE, the only way for a non-ESRI software user to access these data over the Internet is to build some sort of ArcIMS service and make it viewable and downloadable in shapefile format. This server design forced me to look for different software packages that offer the ability to disseminate non-georeferenced scanned maps and aerial photographs online and provide users with the option to view and download vector data straight from ArcSDE.