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Retrieving files via cartridge tapes on other machines

I think TAPEX might be your best bet if you can do a little bit of
programming on the other side, or find someone to do it for you.  TAPEX
is designed to be as simple a format as possible, so that it can be
programmed easily on different computer systems.  It was actually
designed before the days of cartridge tapes, but the same principle
holds: there's no widely-used standard, so here's something simple.  Its
major restriction is that it only handles text files, not binary files.
The format is explained in a comment at the beginning of the source file
(which is in the "basic" category, so you should have it).  Note that
you can control the record length by setting tape:*tapex-reclen*.  I
hope this helps. -- Dan