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

From: Markus Teich <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:16:47 +0200

Charlie Murphy wrote:
> Is there an image format that's simpler than PPM and that supports
> alpha transparency? PPM's syntax is too flexible; to parse an image
> you have to skip arbitrary whitespace in the header. You can't
> simply read() it.

Martti K├╝hne wrote:
> Neither the endianness nor the maximum width is in question for
> space-separated human readable, variable width numbers.

Heyho Martti,

As I understood, the goal was to make it easily parseable for computers.
Converting between the ASCII representation and the binary representation of a
number seems to miss that goal.

Of course human readability would be nice too and the conversion cost isn't that
big of a deal either, but this would be another topic and could include to make
the pixel values human readable as well (which probably is a bad idea).

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