Content format

content format is an encoded format for converting a specific type of data to displayable information. Content formats are used in recording and transmission to prepare data for observation or interpretation.[1][2] This includes both analog and digitized content. Content formats may be recorded and read by either natural or manufactured tools and mechanisms.

In addition to converting data to information, a content format may include the encryption and/or scrambling of that information.[3] Multiple content formats may be contained within a single section of a storage medium (e.g. track, disk sector, computer file, document, page, column) or transmitted via a single channel (e.g. wire, carrier wave) of a transmission medium. With multimedia, multiple tracks containing multiple content formats are presented simultaneously. Content formats may either be recorded in secondary signal processing methods such as a software container format (e.g. digital audio, digital video) or recorded in the primary format (e.g. spectrogram, pictogram).

Observable data is often known as raw data, or raw content.[4] A primary raw content format may be directly observable (e.g. image, sound, motion, smell, sensation) or physical data which only requires hardware to display it, such as a phonographic needle and diaphragm or a projector lamp and magnifying glass.

There has been a countless number of content formats throughout history. The following are examples of some common content formats and content format categories (covering: sensory experience, model, and language used for encoding information):

·         Document file format

·         Audio data encoding[5]

o    Audio coding format

o    Analog audio data

o    Stereophonic sound formats

o    Digital audio data

o    Synthesizer sequences

·         Visual data encoding

o    Hand rendering materials

o    Film speed formats

o    Pixel coordinates data

o    Color space data

o    Vector graphic coordinates/dimensions

o    Texture mapping formats

o    3D display formats

o    Holographic formats

o    Display resolution formatting

o    Text Formats/ Font Size/ Line spacing

·         Motion graphics encoding

o    Video coding format

o    Frame rate data

o    Video data[6]

o    Computer animation formats

·         Instruction encoding

o    Musical notation

o    Computer language

o    Traffic signals

·         Natural languages formats

o    Writing systems

o    Phonetic

o    Sign languages

·         Communication signaling formats

·         Code formats

·         Expert language formats

o    Graphic organizer

o    Statistical model

o    Table of elements

o    DNA sequence

o    Human anatomy

o    Biometric data

o    Chemical formulas

o    Aroma compound

o    Drug chart

o    Electromagnetic spectrum

o    Time standard

o    Numerical weather prediction

o    Capital asset pricing model

o    National income and output

o    Celestial coordinate system

o    Military mapping

o    Geographic information system

o    Interstate Highway System


  1. ^Bob Boiko, Content Management Bible, Nov 2004 pp:79, 240, 830
  2. ^Ann Rockley, Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy, Oct 2002 pp:269, 320, 516
  3. ^Jessica Keyes, Technology Trendlines, Jul 1995 pp:201
  4. ^Oge Marques and Borko Furht, Content-Based Image and Video Retrieval, April 2002 pp:15
  5. ^David Austerberry, The Technology of Video and Audio Streaming, Second Edition, Sep 2004 pp: 328
  6. ^ Ghanbari, Standard Codecs: Image Compression to Advanced Video Coding,Jun 2003 pp:364

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