DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification version 1.3
This RFC 1951 was published in 1996
This specification defines a lossless compressed data format that compresses data using a combination of the LZ77 algorithm and Huffman coding, with efficiency comparable to the best currently available general-purpose compression methods.
The data can be produced or consumed, even for an arbitrarily long sequentially presented input data stream, using only an a priori bounded amount of intermediate storage.
The format can be implemented readily in a manner not covered by patents.
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