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File Formats

Many different kinds of files are available on the net. These files contain many different kinds of data for many different architectures. Frequently, the extension (trailing end) of a filename gives a good clue as to the format of its contents and the architecture that it was created on.

In order to save space, most files on the net are compressed in one way or another. Many compression/decompression programs exist on multiple architectures.

Multiple files and directories are often combined into a single `archive' file. Many archive formats perform compression automatically.

File Format Extensions

Font Formats

Just as the are many, many archive formats, there are many different font formats. The characteristics of some of these formats are discussed below. Once again, the file extension may help you to determine the font type. (On the Mac, the resource TYPE field is (probably) a better indicator).

Font Format Extensions

Excerpted from The comp.fonts FAQ, Copyright © 1992-96 by Norman Walsh