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data exchange format

An interim data format for converting from one file or database structure to another. Also called a "data interchange format," the source data is converted into the exchange format by one program, and the data in the exchange format is converted to the target format by another program. For example, XML is commonly used as a data exchange format. See XML and CSV.
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It uses XML as an underlying data interchange format so that customers are not locked into a vendor's proprietary solution.
A number of options have been identified including the use of translators, the purchase of other proprietary CAD systems, and the possible use of CAD data transfer standards similar in concept to the Common Data Interchange Format (CDIF) recently proposed by AASHTO.
Several software developers have agreed on a semi-universal mechanism for data transfer known as Data Interchange Format (DIF), which allows other programmers to create useful additions to spreadsheets.

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