Data Format Description Language (DFDL)
Data Format Description Language (DFDL) 1.0 is a modeling language from the Open Grid Forum that is used to define the structure of general text and binary formatted data in a way that is independent of the data format. It is based on XML Schema 1.0.
- Textual and binary
- Commercial record-oriented
- Scientific and numeric
- Modern and legacy
- Industry standards
- The XML Schema objects define the logical format of the data. You cannot use XML attributes in the data model.
- DFDL schema annotations describe the physical format of the data.
- XPath expressions are used to reference fields within the data.
DFDL is not intended to be used to model XML documents. Use normal XML Schema files to model XML.
Support for DFDL
- DFDL parser and domain.
- DFDL parser (C and Java™).
- DFDL serializer (C and Java).
- DFDL schema file creation wizards. See Creating a DFDL schema file.
- DFDL schema editor for modeling text and binary data formats. See DFDL schema editor.
- DFDL Test perspective for testing your DFDL schema files. See Testing a DFDL schema file.
- Developing independent applications that use the IBM® DFDL API. See Developing independent DFDL applications.
Further information about DFDL 1.0
For more information about DFDL, see the Open Grid Forum (OGF) website.
A navigable copy of the DFDL v1.0 Specification is included with this information. The latest published specification is on the OGF website, in HTML and PDF formats. The specification is produced by the OGF DFDL Working Group. The specification is an OGF Proposed Recommendation; see the OGF document repository for any published errata.
The OGF document repository also contains a DFDL tutorial, comprising a number of PDF files. IBM have several DFDL modeling scenarios available on developerWorks®.