The format file is divided into sections:
Each section consists of a section header (the section name enclosed in square brackets (for example "[my_section]")) on a line by itself. This is followed by the body of the section, typically single line statements of the form:
"something = something_else -> something_else_again"
Any white space (or none at all) is acceptable around the "=" and the "->", but the whole statement needs to be on one line. Most statements within a format file follow this pattern, but in many cases there might be no "->" (the converter), or there might just be a converter without anything following it.
The following sections are necessary in every format file:
Other sections might be necessary depending on the
complexity of the conversion between CitectSCADA and the external data
source. This is determined by the contents of
Comments can also be added within or between sections. To do this, place a semicolon ";" as the first character on the line. The rest of the line is then considered a comment, and is ignored by CitectSCADA. For example:
; I am putting the [General] section here