The idea of ROMAFOT was born (and realised) in the second half of the
seventies. The need for such a package has arisen from the technical
evolution (for instance the arrival of the PDS etc.) and from
the huge amounts of data becoming manageable. A rich bibliography
of authors who worked on the same objective (e.g. Newell and O'Neil,
1974 , Van Altena and Auer, 1975 , Butcher, 1977
, Herzog and Illingworth, 1977 ,
Chiu, 1977 , Auer and Van Altena, 1978 
Buonanno et al., 1979 , Buonanno et al., 1983 
Stetson, 1979 , Stetson, 1979 ) shows that
efficient handling of digital
astronomical images was widely felt for the astronomical community.
In addition, since the numerical problem requires very classic solutions,
neither the idea nor the solution asks for particular emphasis.
Where ROMAFOT has perhaps merit is in having taken dozens of decisions such as:
In this description Section 5.2 gives some theoretical background about how ROMAFOT operates. Section 5.3 presents an overview of the commands available in the ROMAFOT context. Section 5.4 describes the commands in detail. The section is split into a part for the automatic reduction and a part for the more interactive reduction. Finally, Section 5.5 gives a summary of all ROMAFOT commands.