Computable Document Format

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Computable Document Format
Filename extension .cdf
Internet media type application/cdf
Uniform Type Identifier (UTI) com.wolfram.cdf
Developed by Wolfram Research
Initial release July 21, 2011 (2011-07-21)
Standard None
Open format? No
Website Computable 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] 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 planned.[4][6]


Computable Document Format has been used in electronic books by Pearson Education,[7][8], specifically MyMathLab, to provide the content for the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, and to add client-side interactivity to Wolfram Alpha.[9][10]

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 c 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 makes data interactive CIO, 21 July 2011
  7. ^ Wolfram launches PDF Killer[dead link] School Library Journal
  8. ^ Briggs Cochrane Calculus
  9. ^ WolframAlpha adds powerful interactive search results The Next Web, 12 August 2011
  10. ^ Wolfram Launches its own interactive document format PC Pro, July 2011

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