Format - Term Overview

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The format is the set of technical and presentation characteristics of a text, object or document in different areas, both real and virtual.

Format is called the collection of aspects of form and appearance that are used to distinguish one entity from another, in analog and digital settings, in graphic publications and in web files and in all kinds of areas.

The term format can refer to different fields of work. For example, in graphic publications, the printing modality that it carries is called format. Format is also used to refer to types of audiovisual products, such as when distinguishing a miniseries format from a unit program on TV, or a musical program from a relational one on radio.

In computing, the concept of format also has many different meanings. The most common way of referring to this term is that of format understood as a distinction between storage and file mode. The formats differ according to the content of each file on a computer and, for example, an.MP3 format (for music or audio) is different from the.doc (text) format and also from.ppt (for a slide show).

You can also talk about the format of a hard drivein terms of the partitions into which a given system is divided, as divided into files or folders and archives. When it comes to "formatting" it's about preparing a disk for emptying and later use.

Finally, format is also widely discussed in terms of all the details and characteristics that make a digital object. For example, in a text document, the typeface or font, colors, the inclusion of images and titles, and so on. In a slide show, on the other hand, the use of effects or animations. In an image editor, the alteration of the same through touch-ups or special functionalities.

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