I’m delighted to announce an open access publication in Nucleic Acids Research describing the FASTQ file format based on the conventions agreed by the OBF projects:
The Sanger FASTQ file format for sequences with quality scores, and the Solexa/Illumina FASTQ variants
Peter J. A. Cock (Biopython), Christopher J. Fields (BioPerl), Naohisa Goto (BioRuby), Michael L. Heuer (BioJava) and Peter M. Rice (EMBOSS).
Nucleic Acids Research, doi:10.1093/nar/gkp1137
This will hopefully serve as a reference describing the original standard Sanger FASTQ, and the two variants from Solexa/Illumina, and how to inter-convert between them.