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Re: lzw code & patent

Drew Scott Daniels <umdanie8@cc.UManitoba.CA> writes:

> LZW was a patented algorithm which was included in Unix's compress and
> some versions of the gif file format.

Minor history.  Unix had "compact", which used Huffman compaction.

Compress came along later, and the main force behind it was Usenet.
I remember the heady days in which people were falling over each other
trying to write better and better LZW compression agents.  But IIRC,
BSD 4.3 contained no compress.

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