How to Read the Wikipedia FAT Article

The FAT file system is interesting for a number of reasons, but there is no good scientific paper on the subject. For that reason, I prefer to have you read the Wikipedia article on the design of FAT32. However, that article contains a lot of extraneous detail about historical and proprietary variations on FAT that obscure its design elements. Thus this page, which will help you wade through the mess.

When you are reading the FAT32 article, observe the following guidelines: