2004.10.01 07:22 "[Tiff] BigTIFF extension issue", by Joris Van Damme

2004.10.01 17:48 "Re: [Tiff] Re: BigTIFF extension issue", by Bob Friesenhahn

I also agree with Joris, though not without misgivings. We will be making > alot of pain for folks who don't understand why their .tif extentioned filed > fail to open with TIFF reading applications.

Yes, this is true; using ".tf8" or ".btf" would be 'clearer.'

Please, do not use ".TIFF" or ".TIF". I beg you.

I would be in favor of using the ".TIFF" or ".TIF" extensions except that companies (and open source projects) will start receiving a lot of support calls/emails to the extent that the software does not open this "TIFF" file (or the software crashes).

Many applications supporting TIFF are no longer supported (but still function as designed) or are on autopilot.

It is a free world and some users may use the existing TIFF extensions for BigTIFF. Applications are responsible for verifying that they can read the content of a file, and providing a suitable error message if they can not. It is not reasonable for software to rely on the file extension since the file extension is only part of the name and not firmly tied to the content.


Bob Friesenhahn