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Name CompuServe RLE
Other names  
Identifiers PUID:  fmt/1538
Classification Image (Raster)
Description CompuServe RLE is a type of run-length encoding graphics monochrome file format, introduced by CompuServe in the 1980s to be used by the CompuServe on-line service. It is the predecessor of CompuServe's GIF file format that supported colour and was invented by Steve Wilhite. The image dimensions are either Medium (128x96) and High (256x192) resolution RLE- compressed files. Files consist entirely of ASCII characters, though some are control characters.
Byte order  
Related file formats None.
Technical Environment  
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by Compuserve Incorporated
Supported by Compuserve Incorporated
Source The National Archives and Records Administration / The National Archives and Records Administration
Source date 29 Oct 2021
Source description  
Last updated 29 Oct 2021
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