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Term: TIFF header

The TIFF image format contains a flexible, extendable metadata structure based on a header that contains numerically tagged data fields. The baseline tags are listed and described in Part 1 (Baseline TIFF) of the TIFF 6.0 specification, where they are described as Required Fields. These 36 tags cover mainly technical metadata that any TIFF-specification compliant application must be able to read. The specification defines four image types--bilevel, grayscale, palette-color, and full-color--each of which has different baseline tags. The specification also lists 60 extension tags that appications should but are not required to read. Additional private tags may be reserved by software developers for specific applications; many of these have become very public and are widely adopted.
Tags for TIFF and Related Specifications
See also:
TIFF; TIFF baseline