File extension XFDL

File extension XFDL is one of the file extensions that define type of the file and its contents.

Primarily, the files with the . xfdl extension are associated with the XML files which are saved or created in the xfdl format. These files are able to securely send and receive those XML documents which are legally binding. These files are used vastly in the field of e-commerce due to legal technicalities and the important security reasons. The extension . xfdl is the &qout;Extensible Forms Description Language File&qout;. In short, it is the secured form of the XML files. The credit of the creation and maintaining of this file format goes to Pure Edge Solutions, which was acquired by IBM in 2005. They were made to create secured electronic forms for business purposes.

So, who uses this type of file format?

The protocol which is supported by the File extension XFDL is the single open source protocol which allows for only one XML document to contain all the types of information, data and the computational logic. Moreover, it also allows for the digital signing of the documents and forms. When any of the legal governmental forms are filled, they are done using the . xfdl file extension, although the user might not recognize the same. These files are also used to store the standardized and interchangeable types of business forms.

How can this file format be useful?

The File extension XFDL format files store the basic layout of the form to be presented. Also, they have the digital signatures, business transaction details and the other important details regarding the business association. The type of form information which is used in the files with the .xfdl extension is actually encoded using the XML files. However, some fields of the XDFL file can be altered or customized by the business group to suit its specific business needs.

How does one open this type of file format?

The various programs which are compatible with the File extension XFDL are IBM Lotus Forms Viewer, IBM Pure Edge viewer, IBM Forms Designer Microsoft Notepad, Notepad++ and any other text editor can all open this type of file format . For the Apple's Mac iOS, these files can be accessed through IBM Pure Edge Viewer and Apple Text Edit. The IBM Lotus Form Viewer can be downloaded on a 60-day trial basis from the IBM program. Such forms with the .xfdl extension are actually created using the IBM Forms Designer program.

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