Tag Image File Format (TIFF) - F Profile for Facsimile
RFC 2306

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Network Working Group                                        G. Parsons
Request for Comments: 2306                             Northern Telecom
Category: Informational                                     J. Rafferty
                                                   Human Communications
                                                             March 1998

         Tag Image File Format (TIFF) - F Profile for Facsimile

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998).  All Rights Reserved.


   This document describes in detail the definition of TIFF-F that is
   used to store facsimile images.  The TIFF-F encoding has been
   folklore with no standard reference definition before this document.

Internet Fax Working Group

   This document is a product of the IETF Internet Fax Working Group.
   All comments on this document should be forwarded to the email
   distribution list at <ietf-fax@imc.org>.

1.  Abstract

   This document references the Tag Image File Format (TIFF) to define
   the F profile of TIFF for facsimile (TIFF-F) as a file format that
   may be used for the storage and interchange of facsimile images.

2.  TIFF Definition

   TIFF (Tag Image File Format) Revision 6.0 is defined in detail within

   A brief review of concepts used in TIFF is included in this document
   as background information, but the reader is directed to the original
   TIFF specification [TIFF] to obtain specific technical details.

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2.1  Baseline TIFF and Applications

   TIFF provides a method to describe and store raster image data.  A
   primary goal of TIFF is to provide a rich environment within which
   implementations can exchange image data.  [TIFF] characterizes
   Baseline TIFF as being the core of TIFF, the essentials that all
   mainstream TIFF developers should support in their products.
   Applications of TIFF are defined by using Baseline TIFF as a starting
   point and then defining "extensions" to TIFF that are used for the
   specific "application", as well as specifying any other differences
   from Baseline TIFF.

3.  TIFF-F Definition

3.1 Introduction

   Though it has been in common usage for many years, TIFF-F has
   previously never been documented in the form of a standard.  An
   informal TIFF-F document was originally created by a small group of
   fax experts led by Joe Campbell.  The existence of TIFF-F is noted in
   [TIFF] but it is not defined.  This document defines the F
   application of [TIFF]. For ease of reference, the term TIFF-F will be
   used throughout this document as a shorthand for "F Profile of TIFF
   for Facsimile".  TIFF-F files are intended for use with the
   image/tiff MIME media content-type which includes support for the
   "application" parameter (e.g., application=faxbw).

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [REQ].

 3.1.1 TIFF-F Historical Background

   Up until TIFF 6.0, TIFF supported various "Classes" which defined the
   use of TIFF for various applications. Classes were used to support
   specific applications and in this spirit, TIFF-F has been known
   historically as "TIFF Class F".  Previous informal TIFF-F documents
   used the "Class F" terminology.

   As of TIFF 6.0 [TIFF], the TIFF Class concept has been eliminated in
   favor of the concept of Baseline TIFF.  Therefore, this document
   updates the definition of TIFF-F as the F profile of TIFF for
   facsimile, by using Baseline TIFF as defined in [TIFF] as the
   starting point and then defining the differences from Baseline TIFF
   which apply for TIFF-F.   In almost all cases, the resulting
   definition of TIFF-F fields and values remains consistent with those
   used historically in earlier definitions of TIFF Class F.  Where some

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   of the values for fields have been updated to provide more precise
   conformance with the ITU-T [T.4] and [T.30] fax recommendations,
   these differences are noted.

3.1.2     Overview

   The intent of this specification is to document:

   1)  The fields and values which are applicable for this F profile
       of TIFF for facsimile.
   2)  A minimum set of TIFF-F fields and values which should be able
       to interwork with virtually all historic TIFF-F readers.
   3)  A broader range of values for the traditional TIFF-F fields
       that will provide support for the most widely used facsimile
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