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Standard ECMA-13
File Structure and Labelling of Magnetic Tapes for Information Interchange

4th edition (December 1985)

This Ecma Standard specifies the file structure and the labelling of magnetic tapes for the interchange of information between users of information processing systems.

This Ecma Standard specifies the volume and file structure, and the basic characteristics of the blocks containing the records constituting the file. It also specifies the recorded labels to identify files, file sections and volume of magnetic tapes. It also specifies four nested levels of interchange.

Furthermore, this Ecma Standard specifies requirements for the processes which are provided within information processing systems, to enable information to be interchanged between different systems, utilizing recorded magnetic tape as the medium of interchange. For this purpose it specifies the functions to be provided within systems which are intended to originate or receive magnetic tape volumes which conform to this Ecma Standard.

The following file can be freely downloaded:

File name Size (Bytes) Content
ECMA-13.pdf 176 729    Acrobat (r) PDF file


This Ecma publication is also approved as ISO 1001.

The previous replaced "historical" editions of this Standard are available here.


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