Subject: Re: TIFF
From: Glenda Jeffrey <jeffrey -at- LEMOND -dot- HKS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 16 May 1995 08:28:47 -0400

Bas Andeweg wrote:
> Does anyone know the origin and the precise meaning of the graphic
> file format TIFF?

Well, the following is cut'n pasted from the graphics file format FAQ
(which you can obtain via ftp from
Subject: V. Graphics Formats Misnomers, Misgivings, and Miscellany


Subject: 0. Is it "Tag" or "Tagged" Image File Format?

Revision 5.0 of TIFF specification specifically states the acronym "TIFF" is
"Tag Image File Format". The majority of people, however, intuitively say
"Tagged" rather than "Tag". Interestingly enough, the TIFF 6.0 specification
does not spell out the acronym TIFF.

And then there's this:

Subject: 14. TIFF - Tag Image File Format

The TIFF 6.0 specification is available in the TIFF Developer's Kit.
Information on obtaining this kit and joining the Aldus Developer's
Association (ADA) may be obtained from the Developer's Desk at Aldus

Aldus Corporation
Attn:: Aldus Developer's Desk
4411 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 981044-2871
Voice: 206.628.6593, 800.331.2538
Fax: 206.343.4240
Email: tiff-input -at- aldus -dot- com

Or from the following FTP site:

The TIFF Class F specification may be obtained from ADA's FAXback service at
206.628.5753. Order document #9001 for an index of all documents available
from this service.

Hope this helps...

Glenda Jeffrey Email: jeffrey -at- hks -dot- com
Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc Phone: 401-727-4200
1080 Main St. Fax: 401-727-4208
Pawtucket, RI 02860

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