RESOLUTION B1: Extensions to FITS The XXth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, considering the present situation of the transfer of catalogue and table data in digital form among astronomical institutes; and noting that significant improvements in portability can be made; recommends that all astronoomical computer facilites recognise and support the rules for general extensions to the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) including the extension to the exchange of catalogue and table data as described in Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series 73, pp 359-364 and pp 365-372 (1988).The first paper, by Grosbol et al., defines the general principles for adding new extensions to FITS. The second paper by Harten et al. defines the format for the FITS ASCII table extension.
Reference: Transactions of the International Astronomical Union (1988), Vol. XXB, pp 51-52.