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Suggestions for Development/Expansion 
- Add specific discussion of CRC as error detection and use Winzip as an example
- Add discussion of redundancy, parsing, and fault tolerant design as error correction and use WinRAR (.RAR/.PAR) as an example
The "Zen" section is a bit obtuse. I think what it's trying to say is that an archive file format is isomorphic to a file system. But I can see one difference: a file system is more optimized for in-place modification. --Damian Yerrick (talk | stalk) 22:32, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
The sections below were removed by the edit of 19:28, 12 September 2012, reason: "says nothing". This text seems like a good summary for the lead, but we should have specific details in the main body to justify putting vague, summarized statements in the lead. What was the very first archive format, and what year was it introduced? Name some early specific vendor formats. – Wbm1058 (talk) 12:57, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
Ubiquitous amongst Unix and Unix-like operating systems is the tar file format (from tape archive). Originally intended for transferring files to and from tape, it is still used on disk-based storage to combine files before they are compressed.
Historically, every major computer platform, every operating system, and every vendor had its own preferred archive format. Some formats became more commonly used because of licensing and feasibility. Today the most common formats are supported by many platforms and vendors. New technologies continue to introduce new formats.