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Format information can include file attributes in the following categories:
Not all categories are required. Many formats only include major format and file class, or major format only.
The format information has the following structure:
Each number in the format information represents a file attribute. The entry
184.108.40.206.0 represents a Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheet file version 9.0, where:
81 = Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheet (major format)
2 = Spreadsheet (file class)
0 = not defined (minor format)
9 = 9 (major version)
0 = 0 (minor version)
The example above applies to
formats_e.ini file. When extracting format information by using the function
method, the same format information is represented as
differ from those in
formats_e.inibecause the former defines a unique ID for each major format, whereas the latter uses a major version, minor version, and minor format to distinguish between formats.
methodprovides a unique ID for each major format. For example, a call to
351.1.0 for a Microsoft Word 2003 XML format. The major format
351 is unique to this format.
formats_e.ini file distinguishes between formats by using the major version number. For example, in
formats_e.ini, a Microsoft Word 2003 XML format is defined as
2220.127.116.11.0. The major format
285 and file class
1 are the same values for generic XML. The major version
100 distinguishes the format as Microsoft Word 2003 XML.
The major version is used in
formats_e.ini to specify the following formats:
The Microsoft Office 2003 XML format has the same major format and file class as generic XML (
285.1). It is distinguished from generic XML by using the following major versions: