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1999.06.03 19:48 "Large File Support", by Bruce Forsberg
1999.06.04 03:45 "Re: Large File Support", by Frank Warmerdam
1999.06.04 07:32 "Re: Large File Support", by Rob Tillaart
1999.06.04 18:35 "RE: Large File Support", by Bruce Forsberg
1999.06.10 09:48 "Re: Large File Support", by Klaus Bartz
1999.06.10 15:10 "Re: Large File Support", by Peter Smith
1999.06.14 11:16 "Re: Large File Support", by Martin Bailey
1999.06.14 14:58 "Re: Large File Support", by Tom Lane
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1999.06.14 11:16 "Re: Large File Support", by Martin Bailey

I've been pondering the idea of large file support, and especially the ideal of minimising the impact that any changes would have on existing readers etc. I see backward compatibility as extremely important to ensure that any changes would be acceptable both to application creators and to the user community. As others have already said, we really don't need a new file format right now.

As I see it the minimum change would be:

Yes, I know this is a somewhat cludgy, but changes to existing formats where backward compatibility is an important consideration tend to be.

I also realise that this simple suggestion does not necessarily mean that it would be simple to update applications to work with large TIFF files. If a tool is not 64-bit ready it will still be hard to amend it.

What do people think?

Regards

Martin Bailey

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