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"FTXT" IFF Formatted Text

Date:	November 15, 1985
From:	Steve Shaw and Jerry Morrison, Electronic Arts and 
	Bob "Kodiak" Burns, Commodore-Amiga
Status:	Draft 2.6

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1. Introduction

This memo is the IFF supplement for FORM FTXT. An FTXT is an IFF "data 
section" or "FORM type" which can be an IFF file or a part of one containing 
a stream of text plus optional formatting information."EA IFF 85" 
is Electronic Arts' standard for interchange format files. (See the 
IFF reference.)

An FTXT is an archival and interchange representation designed for 
three uses. The simplest use is for a "console device" or "glass teletype" 
(the minimal 2-D text layout means): a stream of "graphic" ("printable") 
characters plus positioning characters "space" ("SP") and line terminator 
("LF"). This is not intended for cursor movements on a screen although 
it does not conflict with standard cursor-moving characters. The second 
use is text that has explicit formatting information (or "looks") 
such as font family and size, typeface, etc. The third use is as the 
lowest layer of a structured document that also has "inherited" styles 
to implicitly control character looks. For that use, FORMs FTXT would 
be embedded within a future document FORM type. The beauty of FTXT 
is that these three uses are interchangeable, that is, a program written 
for one purpose can read and write the others' files. So a word processor 
does not have to write a separate plain text file to communicate with 
other programs.

Text is stored in one or more "CHRS" chunks inside an FTXT. Each CHRS 
contains a stream of 8-bit text compatible with ISO and ANSI data 
interchange standards. FTXT uses just the central character set from 
the ISO/ANSI standards. (These two standards are henceforth called 
"ISO/ANSI" as in "see the ISO/ANSI reference".)

Since it's possible to extract just the text portions from future 
document FORM types, programs can exchange data without having to 
save both plain text and formatted text representations.

Character looks are stored as embedded control sequences within CHRS 
chunks. This document specifies which class of control sequences to 
use: the CSI group. This document does not yet specify their meanings, 
e.g. which one means "turn on italic face". Consult ISO/ANSI.

Section 2 defines the chunk types character stream "CHRS" and font 
specifier "FONS". These are the "standard" chunks. Specialized chunks 
for private or future needs can be added later. Section 3 outlines 
an FTXT reader program that strips a document down to plain unformatted 
text. Appendix A is a code table for the 8-bit ISO/ANSI character 
set used here. Appendix B is an example FTXT shown as a box diagram. 
Appendix C is a racetrack diagram of the syntax of ISO/ANSI control 


Amiga[tm] is a trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc.

Electronic Arts[tm] is a trademark of Electronic Arts.

IFF: "EA IFF 85" Standard for Interchange Format Files describes the 
underlying conventions for all IFF files.

ISO/ANSI: ISO/DIS 6429.2 and ANSI X3.64-1979. International Organization 
for Standardization (ISO) and American National Standards Institute 
(ANSI) data-interchange standards. The relevant parts of these two 
standards documents are identical. ISO standard 2022 is also relevant.

2. Standard Data and Property Chunks

The main contents of a FORM FTXT is in its character stream "CHRS" 
chunks. Formatting property chunks may also appear. The only formatting 
property yet defined is "FONS", a font specifier. A FORM FTXT with 
no CHRS represents an empty text stream. A FORM FTXT may contain nested 
IFF FORMs, LISTs, or CATs, although a "stripping" reader (see section 
3) will ignore them.

Character Set

FORM FTXT uses the core of the 8-bit character set defined by the 
ISO/ANSI standards cited at the start of this document. (See Appendix 
A for a character code table.) This character set is divided into 
two "graphic" groups plus two "control" groups. Eight of the control 
characters begin ISO/ANSI standard control sequences. (See "Control 
Sequences", below.) Most control sequences and control characters 
are reserved for future use and for compatibility with ISO/ANSI. Current 
reader programs should skip them.

%	C0 is the group of control characters in the range NUL (hex 
0) through hex 1F. Of these, only LF (hex 0A) and ESC (hex 1B) are 
significant. ESC begins a control sequence. LF is the line terminator, 
meaning "go to the first horizontal position of the next line". All 
other C0 characters are not used. In particular, CR (hex 0D) is not 
recognized as a line terminator.

%	G0 is the group of graphic characters in the range hex 20 through 
hex 7F. SP (hex 20) is the space character. DEL (hex 7F) is the delete 
character which is not used. The rest are the standard ASCII printable 
characters "!" (hex 21) through "~" (hex 7E).

%	C1 is the group of extended control characters in the range 
hex 80 through hex 9F. Some of these begin control sequences. The 
control sequence starting with CSI (hex 9B) is used for FTXT formatting. 
All other control sequences and C1 control characters are unused.

%	G1 is the group of extended graphic characters in the range 
NBSP (hex A0) through "X" (hex FF). It is one of the alternate graphic 
groups proposed for ISO/ANSI standardization.

Control Sequences

Eight of the control characters begin ISO/ANSI standard "control sequences" 
(or "escape sequences"). These sequences are described below and diagrammed 
in Appendix C.

G0	::= (SP through DEL)
G1	::= (NBSP through "X")

ESC-Seq	::= ESC (SP through "/")* ("0" through "~")
ShiftToG2	::= SS2 G0
ShiftToG3	::= SS3 G0
CSI-Seq	::= CSI (SP through "?")* ("@" through "~")
DCS-Seq	::= (DCS | OSC | PM | APC) (SP through "~" | G1)* ST

"ESC-Seq" is the control sequence ESC (hex 1B), followed by zero or 
more characters in the range SP through "/S (hex 20 through hex 2F), 
followed by a character in the range "0" through "~" (hex 30 through 
hex 7E). These sequences are reserved for future use and should be 
skipped by current FTXT reader programs.

SS2 (hex 8E) and SS3 (hex 8F) shift the single following G0 character 
into yet-to-be-defined graphic sets G2 and G3, respectively. These 
sequences should not be used until the character sets G2 and G3 are 
standardized. A reader may simply skip the SS2 or SS3 (taking the 
following character as a corresponding G0 character) or replace the 
two-character sequence with a character like "?" to mean "absent".

FTXT uses "CSI-Seq" control sequences to store character formatting 
(font selection by number, type face, and text size) and perhaps layout 
information (position and rotation). "CSI-Seq" control sequences start 
with CSI (the "control sequence introducer", hex 9B). Syntactically, 
the sequence includes zero or more characters in the range SP through 
"?" (hex 20 through hex 3F) and a concluding character in the range 
"@" through "~" (hex 40 through hex 7E). These sequences may be skipped 
by a minimal FTXT reader, i.e. one that ignores formatting information.

Note: A future FTXT standardization document will explain the uses 
of CSI-Seq sequences for setting character face (light weight vs. 
medium vs. bold, italic vs. upright, height, pitch, position, and 
rotation). For now, consult the ISO/ANSI references.

"DCS-Seq" is the control sequences starting with DCS (hex 90), OSC 
(hex 9D), PM (hex 9E), or APC (hex 9F), followed by zero or more characters 
each of which is in the range SP through "~" (hex 20 through hex 7E) 
or else a G1 character, and terminated by an ST (hex 9C). These sequences 
are reserved for future use and should be skipped by current FTXT 
reader programs.

Data Chunk CHRS

A CHRS chunk contains a sequence of 8-bit characters abiding by the 
ISO/ANSI standards cited at the start of this document. This includes 
the character set and control sequences as described above and summarized 
in Appendicies A and C.

A FORM FTXT may contain any number of CHRS chunks. Taken together, 
they represent a single stream of textual information. That is, the 
contents of CHRS chunks are effectively concatenated except that (1) 
each control sequence must be completely within a single CHRS chunk, 
and (2) any formatting property chunks appearing between two CHRS 
chunks affects the formatting of the latter chunk's text. Any formatting 
settings set by control sequences inside a CHRS carry over to the 
next CHRS in the same FORM FTXT. All formatting properties stop at 
the end of the FORM since IFF specifies that adjacent FORMs are independent 
of each other (although not independent of any properties inherited 
from an enclosing LIST or FORM).

Property Chunk FONS

The optional property "FONS" holds a FontSpecifier as defined in the 
C declaration below. It assignes a font to a numbered "font register" 
so it can be referenced by number within subsequent CHRS chunks. (This 
function is not provided within the ISO and ANSI standards.) The font 
specifier gives both a name and a description for the font so the 
recipient program can do font substitution.

By default, CHRS text uses font 1 until it selects another font. A 
minimal text reader always uses font 1. If font 1 hasn't been specified, 
the reader may use the local system font as font 1.

	typedef struct {
		UBYTE id;	
			/* 0 through 9 is a font id number referenced by an 
			 * SGR control sequence selective parameter of 10 
			 * through 19. Other values are reserved for future 
			 * standardization.	
		UBYTE pad1;   /* reserved for future use; store 0 here */
		UBYTE proportional;	
			/* proportional font? 0 = unknown, 1 = no, 2 = yes */ 
		UBYTE serif;		
			/* serif font? 0 = unknown, 1 = no, 2 = yes */
		char name[];	
			/* A NULL-terminated string naming preferred font. */
		} FontSpecifier;
Fields are filed in the order shown. The UBYTE fields are byte-packed 
(2 per 16-bit word). The field pad1 is reserved for future standardization. 
Programs should store 0 there for now.

The field proportional indicates if the desired font is proportional 
width as opposed to fixed width. The field serif indicates if the 
desired font is serif as opposed to sans serif. [Issue: Discuss font 

Future Properties

New optional property chunks may be defined in the future to store 
additional formatting information. They will be used to represent 
formatting not encoded in standard ISO/ANSI control sequences and 
for "inherited" formatting in structured documents. Text orientation 
might be one example.

Positioning Units

Unless otherwise specified, position and size units used in FTXT formatting 
properties and control sequences are in decipoints (720 decipoints/inch). 
This is ANSI/ISO Positioning Unit Mode (PUM) 2. While a metric standard 
might be nice, decipoints allow the existing U.S.A. typographic units 
to be encoded easily, e.g. "12 points" is "120 decipoints".

3. FTXT Stripper

An FTXT reader program can read the text and ignore all formatting 
and structural information in a document FORM that uses FORMs FTXT 
for the leaf nodes. This amounts to stripping a document down to a 
stream of plain text. It would do this by skipping over all chunks 
except FTXT.CHRS (CHRS chunks found inside a FORM FTXT) and within 
the FTXT.CHRS chunks skipping all control characters and control sequences. 
(Appendix C diagrams this text scanner.) It may also read FTXT.FONS 
chunks to find a description for font 1.

Here's a Pascal-ish program for an FTXT stripper. Given a FORM (a 
document of some kind), it scans for all FTXT.CHRS chunks. This would 
likely be applied to the first FORM in an IFF file.

IF the FORM's subtype = "FTXT"
	ELSE WHILE something left to read in the FORM DO BEGIN
			read the next chunk header;
			CASE the chunk's ID OF
				"LIST", "CAT ": ReadCAT4CHRS();
				"FORM": ReadFORM4CHRS();
				OTHERWISE skip the chunk's body;

{Read a LIST or CAT for all FTXT.CHRS chunks.}
WHILE something left to read in the LIST or CAT DO BEGIN
	read the next chunk header;
	CASE the chunk's ID OF
		"LIST", "CAT ": ReadCAT4CHRS();
		"FORM": ReadFORM4CHRS();
		"PROP": IF we're reading a LIST AND the PROP's subtype = 
					THEN read the PROP for "FONS" chunks;
		OTHERWISE error--malformed IFF file;

PROCEDURE ReadFTXT4CHRS();	{Read a FORM FTXT for CHRS chunks.}
WHILE something left to read in the FORM FTXT DO BEGIN
	read the next chunk header;
	CASE the chunk's ID OF
		"CHRS": ReadCHRS();
			read the chunk's contents into a FontSpecifier variable;
			IF the font specifier's id = 1 THEN use this font;
		OTHERWISE skip the chunk's body;

{Read an FTXT.CHRS. Skip all control sequences and unused control 
WHILE something left to read in the CHRS chunk DO
	CASE read the next character OF
		LF:  start a new output line;
		ESC: SkipControl([' '..'/'], ['0'..'~']);
		IN [' '..'~'], IN [NBSP..'X']: output the character;
		SS2, SS3: ;	{Just handle the following G0 character 
				directly, ignoring the shift to G2 or G3.}
		CSI: SkipControl([' '..'?'], ['@'..'~']);
		DCS, OSC, PM, APC: SkipControl([' '..'~'] + [NBSP..'X'], [ST]);

{Skip a control sequence of the format (rSet)* (tSet), i.e. any number 
of characters in the set rSet followed by a character in the set tSet.}
PROCEDURE SkipControl(rSet, tSet);
REPEAT c := read the next character
IF c NOT IN tSet
	THEN put character c back into the input stream;

The following program is an optimized version of the above routines 
ReadFORM4CHRS and ReadCAT4CHRS for the case where you're ignoring 
fonts as well as formatting. It takes advantage of certain facts of 
the IFF format to read a document FORM and its nested FORMs, LISTs, 
and CATs without a stack. In other words, it's a hack that ignores 
all fonts and faces to cheaply get to the plain text of the document.

{Cheap scan of an IFF FORM for FTXT.CHRS chunks.}
IF the document FORM's subtype = "FTXT"
	ELSE WHILE something left to read in the FORM DO BEGIN
		read the next chunk header;
		IF it's a group chunk (LIST, FORM, PROP, or CAT)
			THEN read its subtype ID;
		CASE the chunk's ID OF
			"LIST", "CAT ":;	{NOTE: See explanation below.*}
			"FORM": IF this FORM's subtype = "FTXT" THEN 
				ELSE;	{NOTE: See explanation below.*}
			OTHERWISE skip the chunk's body;

*Note: This implementation is subtle. After reading a group header 
other than FORM FTXT it just continues reading. This amounts to reading 
all the chunks inside that group as if they weren't nested in a group.

Appendix A: Character Code Table

This table corresponds to the ISO/DIS 6429.2 and ANSI X3.64-1979 8-bit 
character set standards. Only the core character set of those standards 
is used in FTXT.

Two G1 characters aren't defined in the standards and are shown as 
dark gray entries in this table. Light gray shading denotes control 
characters. (DEL is a control character although it belongs to the 
graphic group G0.) The following five rare G1 characters are left 
blank in the table below due to limitations of available fonts: hex 
A8, D0, DE, F0, and FE.

   ISO/DIS 6429.2 and ANSI X3.64-1979 Character Code Table

  (figure named "TextTable", viewable by ShowILBM or SeeILBM)

[_____] [_______________________] [_____] [____________________________]
Control   Grapic Group            Control   Graphic Group
 Group        G0                   Group         G1
  C0                                C1

"NBSP" is a "non-breaking space"
"SHY" is a "soft-hyphen"

Appendix B. FTXT Example

Here's a box diagram for a simple example: "The quick brown fox jumped.Four 
score and seven", written in a proportional serif font named "Roman".

      	|'FORM'		24070		    |     FORM  24070  ILBM
      	|'ILBM'				    |     
      	| +-------------------------------+ |   
      	| | 'BMHD'	20		  | |     .BMHD  20
      	| | 320, 200, 0, 0, 3, 0, 0, ...  | |   
      	| | ------------------------------+ |   
      	| | 'CMAP'	21	          | |     .CMAP  21
      	| | 0, 0, 0; 32, 0, 0; 64,0,0; .. | |   
      	| +-------------------------------+ |   
      	| +-------------------------------+ |   
      	| |'BODY'		24000     | |     .BODY  24000
      	| |0, 0, 0, ...			  | |   
      	| +-------------------------------+ |   

The "0" after the CMAP chunk is a pad byte.

Appendix B. Standards Committee

The following people contributed to the design of this IFF standard:

Bob "Kodiak" Burns, Commodore-Amiga
R. J. Mical, Commodore-Amiga
Jerry Morrison, Electronic Arts
Greg Riker, Electronic Arts
Steve Shaw, Electronic Arts
Barry Walsh, Commodore-Amiga

Appendix C. ISO/ANSI Control Sequences

This is a racetrack diagram of the ISO/ANSI characters and control 
sequences as used in FTXT CHRS chunks.

	line terminator   
-----+-------------------> LF --------------------------------------->
     |	ESC-Seq 
     +-------------------> ESC ---+>----------------+--> 0 thru ~ --->
     |				  |		    |
     |				  +-- SP thru / <---+
     |  printable
     +---------------+---> SP thru ~ --+->--------------------------->
     |		     |		       |
     |		     +---> G1 -------->+
     |  shift to G2				
     +-------------------> SS2 ----> G0 ---> (produces a G2 character)
     |  shift to G3				
     +-------------------> SS3 ----> G0 ---> (produces a G3 character)
     |	CSI-Seq 
     +-------------------> CSI ---+>----------------+--> @ thru ~ --->
     |				  |		    |
     |				  +-- SP thru ? <---+
     |	DCS-Seq 
     +----------> DCS,OSC,PM,or APC --+>-------------+--+-> ST -+----> 
     |				      |	             |  |       |
     |				      +- SP thru ~ <-+  +-> G1 -+
     |  discard
     +----------> any other character ------------------------------->

Of the various control sequences, only CSI-Seq is used for FTXT character 
formatting information. The others are reserved for future use and 
for compatibility with ISO/ANSI standards. Certain character sequences 
are syntactically malformed, e.g. CSI followed by a C0, C1, or G1 
character. Writer programs should not generate reserved or malformed 
sequences and reader programs should skip them.

Consult the ISO/ANSI standards for the meaning of the CSI-Seq control 

The two character set shifts SS2 and SS3 may be used when the graphic 
character groups G2 and G3 become standardized.