Computable Document Format

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Computable Document Format
Filename extension
Internet media type
Uniform Type Identifier (UTI)com.wolfram.cdf
Developed byWolfram Research
Initial releaseJuly 21, 2011 (2011-07-21)
Extended fromWolfram Language (notebook)
StandardNotebook, CDF
Open format?No
WebsiteComputable Document Format

Computable Document Format (CDF) is an electronic document format[1] designed to allow easy authoring[2] of dynamically generated interactive content. CDF is a published public format[3][dubious ] created by Wolfram Research.[4]


Computable Document Format supports GUI elements such as sliders, menus, and buttons. Content is updated using embedded computation in response to GUI interaction. Contents can include formatted text, tables, images, sounds, and animations. CDF supports Mathematica typesetting and technical notation.[5] Paginated layout, structured drill down layout, and slideshow mode are supported. Styles can be controlled using a cascading style sheet.


CDF files can be read using a proprietary CDF Player with a restrictive license, which can be downloaded free of charge from Wolfram Research.[4]


CDF Files can be created using Mathematica. Online authoring tools are available through the Wolfram Cloud.


Computable Document Format has been used in electronic books by Pearson Education,[6][7] specifically MyMathLab, to provide the content for the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, and to add client-side interactivity to Wolfram Alpha.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wolfram Alpha Creator plans to delete the PDF The Telegraph (UK)
  2. ^ Wolfram makes data interactive PC World
  3. ^ "About CDFs". Wolfram Research.
  4. ^ a b Wolfram punts expanded medium for technical docs Archived July 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine ThinQ
  5. ^ Wolfram Launches new document format. Meet CDF ZDNet
  6. ^ Wolfram launches PDF Killer Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine School Library Journal
  7. ^ Briggs Cochrane Calculus
  8. ^ WolframAlpha adds powerful interactive search results The Next Web, 12 August 2011
  9. ^ Wolfram Launches its own interactive document format Archived 2011-12-31 at the Wayback Machine PC Pro, July 2011

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