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DGML is an XML-based file format for directed graphs.

Introduction to DGML[edit]

Here is what a simple directed graph with three nodes and two links between them looks like

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<DirectedGraph xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/vs/2009/dgml">
    <Node Id="a" Label="a" Size="10" />
    <Node Id="b" Background="#FF008080" Label="b" />
    <Node Id="c" Label="c" Start="2010-06-10" />
    <Link Source="a" Target="b" />
    <Link Source="a" Target="c" />
    <Property Id="Background" Label="Background" DataType="Brush" />
    <Property Id="Label" Label="Label" DataType="String" />
    <Property Id="Size" DataType="String" />
    <Property Id="Start" DataType="DateTime" />

which looks like this:


The complete XSD schema for DGML is available at [1]. DGML not only allows describing nodes and links in a graph, but also annotating those nodes and links with any user defined property and/or category.

Applications supporting DGML[edit]

  • Visual Studio 2010 and later, a suite of tools for Software Developers including support for generating DGML graphs from relationships in code and for viewing any DGML document generated by any other tool.

See also[edit]

  • XML
  • GraphML, an XML format for graphs
  • GXL, graph exchange format based on XML -- GXL
  • GML is another widely used graph exchange format. -- GML
  • Dot Language, a format for describing graphs and their presentation, for the Graphviz set of tools.

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