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 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 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 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.
Open XFDL File on Windows OS
- Look for an XFDL file you need to open in Windows Explorer and double-click on it
- If the file doesn’t open automatically and you see a “Windows can’t open a file” message then you should search for a program which can open XFDL file
- If you have a program which can open XFDL file installed on your computer then launch that program and select “File” and then “Open” or similar options from its menu to open the XFDL file
- If you don’t have the program installed then you need to try searching for “XFDL wiki”, “how to open XFDL file” in the search engine.
- Once you find the application, install it on your computer
- After the program is installed double-click on the XFDL file to open it
File extensions are used by Windows operating system to specify what kind of information is stored in the file. Every file in Windows OS needs to have file extension and file extensions are used by Windows to determine which application it should use to open the file. Every application installed on Windows OS places information about which extensions it could open into the Windows registry and Windows uses this information to determine which application it should launch when user double-clicks on the file. If application which can open XFDL file is not installed, then Windows will show ‘Windows can’t open XFDL file’ message and buttons to either select an application on the computer which can open the file or to search the web for the application which can open XFDL file.