Tables for
Volume G
Definition and exchange of crystallographic data
Edited by S. R. Hall and B. McMahon

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. G, ch. 2.2, p. 25

Section File syntax

S. R. Hall,a* N. Spadaccini,c I. D. Brown,d H. J. Bernstein,e J. D. Westbrookb and B. McMahonf File syntax

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(3) The syntax of CIF is a proper subset of the syntax of STAR Files as described by Hall (1991[link]) and Hall & Spadaccini (1994[link]). The general structure is described below in Section[link] and a number of subsections list specific restrictions to the STAR syntax that are in force within CIF. A formal language grammar using computer-science notation is included as Section[link].


Hall, S. R. (1991). The STAR File: a new format for electronic data transfer and archiving. J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 31, 326–333.
Hall, S. R. & Spadaccini, N. (1994). The STAR File: detailed specifications. J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 34, 505–508.

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