1998.12.02 15:41 "MH Coding "on the wire"", by A. Grisard
EOL is 11 (or more) zeros followed by a 1. End of page (strictly speaking: return to control) is 6 consecutive EOLs and is only necessary "on the wire", not when compressed data are encapsulated in a tiff file.
I understand that "on the wire" means "over the serial line" to an an external fax modem for example. What I need to know is the format of the fax data that actually flows *over the transmission line* to the DCE.
Following Frank's recommendation, I managed to get a copy of Section 10 of the TIFF 6.0 Specification. That helps for a beginning. Thanks to Frank. But there are still some questions...
The specs state on page 44: 'No EOL code words are used'. Is this valid for stored data, line data or both?
In general, I understand that one fax line "on the wire" is composed of as many black and white run length codes as necessary to describe a total of 1.728 pixels (for normal resolution). The resulting bit stream is then split into 8-bit bytes, the last byte being filled with zeroes, if incomplete. Every single line is then terminated by an EOL code of 11 or more zeroes followed by a 1.
Is this correct?
Is it really necessary to staff the last (incomplete) byte of a line even if EOL code is present?