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Compression Types

Run Length Encoding  
Other names RLE
Identifier(s) PUID:  x-cmp/13
Description Run length encoding (RLE) is perhaps the simplest image compression technique in common use. RLE algorithms are lossless, and work by searching for runs of bits, bytes, or pixels of the same value, and encoding the length and value of the run. As such, RLE achieves best results with images containing large areas of contiguous colour, and especially monochrome images. Complex colour images, such as photographs, do not compress well – in some cases, RLE can actually increase the file size. There are a number of RLE variants in common use, which are encountered in the TIFF, PCX and BMP graphics formats.
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