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File Format
Name Resources


Incorporating non-executable data into a progam's source code can be inconvenient. A variety of techniques, and associated resource formats, exist to address this issue.

Resource formats often store user interface elements (dialog boxes, menus, etc.), graphics, sound, or text. There is usually also a way to store arbitrary custom data.

Formats listed here may include:

  • Formats that are embedded in executable files
  • Stand-alone file formats that are loaded into memory at runtime
  • Intermediate file formats used in development
  • Specialized source code formats that contain, or refer to, resource data

Resource formats

Language and translation

Hybrid source code formats

These formats are valid source code in some programming language (often C), and can also be read by some resource editors and viewers.

See also: Source code, Executables, Development

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