Re: [dev] Looking for simple, alpha supporting image format

From: FRIGN <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:55:46 +0200

On Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:16:30 +0200
Martti Kühne <> wrote:

> Yes. I had that in mind as well.

Writing a parser in C is inarguably more complex, however, I think the
priority is keeping the format as simple as possible, but not simpler.
We need to set our priorities well enough: How often do you read/write
an image file. I understand that reading should be simpler than writing.

However, a third important factor is portability of interpretation.
Just imagine being on a lonely island with a small computer and an
image-file in your a given format on it with no library to decode it,
but a way to implement an interface to an image manipulation-library.

Suppose this map was saved in the imagefile-format and reflect that.
Now suppose it was jpg, png or others: Who honestly could write an
interpreter from scratch?
The most basic one I know has around 1000 LOC.



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