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1 The defined structure of the pattern of information that is to be processed, recorded on magnetic or optical media, displayed on a screen, or printed on a page.

2 To put data into a predetermined structure or divide a storage medium, such as a disk, into sectors, so that it is ready to receive data.

3 The style of character representation as displayed or printed e.g. color, bold, italic, alignment, etc. (see font).

See also disk format, tape format, printer format, CD-ROM format standards, file format, instruction format.

Subjects: Computing.

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