2007.09.23 16:42 "[Tiff] G3 fax: EOL needed at the beginning of each strip?", by ComSquare Martin Osieka

2007.09.24 07:51 "Re: [Tiff] G3 fax: EOL needed at the beginning of each strip?", by Joris Van Damme


The spec clearly indicates strips have to start with EOL.

But notin TIFF 6.0, or?
  Coding Scheme
  A line (row) of data is composed of a series of variable length code
  words. Each code word represents a run length of all white or...
  No EOL code words are used. No fill bits are used, except for the
  ignored bits at the end of the last byte of a row. RTC is not used.

That sounds like G4, not G3. (Confusingly, G3 is also called T.4, and G4 is also called T.6, maybe that's what got you off track.)

Unfortunately, I've a reasonable amount (i.e. not just a fluke) of testimages where garbage data preceeds the G3 block. LibTiff succeeds on these images by skipping to the first EOL. If we were to change LibTiff to start decoding right away, more unexpected stuff will happen on these images with preceeding garbage data that might just be more frequent.

In AsTiff, what I do if the strip or tile doesn't start with an EOL, is actually test and see if a line of desired length can successfully be decoded from the preceeding data, and if that data then is followed by an EOL. If so, I regard that the first line. If not, the code starts at the first EOL instead. This works on both the testimages with random preceeding data, and the testimages that just lack the first EOL. But the LibTiff fax decoder being as it is, a heap of macro's with embedded macro's that nobody at this stage can easilly decipher, it may be hard to make it behave equally intelligent.

This approach is much better than my one.

Because the algorithm implemented in libtiff works line oriented (Macro EXPAND1D) it should not be to difficult to implement your approach with the existing macros.

EXPAND1D sounds like what might be used for 1D lines. Not all G3 is 1D lines.

May I ask you for a reference file containing garbage at the beginning of strips?

That would be hard, right now, as I'm converting some stuff and don't have a good enough search function for this particular thing available to me at the moment. I'll get you one as soon as I can, though. Probably in a couple of days or so.

Best regards,

Joris Van Damme
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