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TRANSPEC Introduction

All the data are stored as ASCII-text file (old 7-bit ASCII code); therefore, diphthongs or any special characters cannot be used. The width of any line in a TRANSPEC format is restricted to 70 characters.

The TRANSPEC format contains two structural elements, the key line and the data line(s). These two elements are tightly coupled together. The key line indicates the type of the data and the number of data lines following. The data lines hold the appropriate data in a format which is defined by the key line.

Key lines:

Each key line consists of three elements:

KEYWRD The keyword is a string of max. 7 characters with the first character being a slash (/). The keyword determines the type of information following in the data lines (and implicitly the format of the data lines).
ILINZL The number of (data) lines following.
KEYPAR A numerical parameter whose meaning depends on the keyword (=type of data).

Format of the key line: KEYWRD, ILINZL, KEYPAR (A7, 1X, I4, 1X, I4)

Data lines :

The number of data lines and their specific format depends on the preceding keyword (see the definition of the key lines for details).

Records :

Data which belong to a single record (say a single compound) should be compiled to form a record by using the keywords /IDENT and /EOR. Although these definition of records may be optional with other programs, it is essential to have the data grouped into records when using for instance MSLIB.

Last Update: 2012-Oct-20