"A file format is an encoding system that organises data according to a particular syntax. These organisations are commonly referred to as compression algorithms. The choice of an image compression depends on its foreseen mode and place of usage: for instance, is the file meant to be printed or redistrinuted digitally, what kind of accuracy will be necessary and what software or hardware will render the image? ...

In A Vernacular of File Formats, I subsequently compressed the source image via different compression language and subsequently implementing a same (or similar) error into each file, to let the otherwise invisible compression language present itself onto the surface of the image."

--Rosa Menkman, 2010

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