A file with .cdf extension is an XLM based information distribution file format that was used to publish frequent updates as “channels”. The information is published from any web server and is automatically delivered to computers with compatible receiving programs such as web browsers. Users subscribe to active channels and have scheduled updates delivered to their desktop.
CDF files were earlier used in conjunction with Microsoft’s Active Channel, Active Desktop and Smart Offline Favorites technologies.
CDF File Format
CDF files are saved as XML files that is a generic web file format for exchange of information. CDF file format is an old format now and was never widely adopted. In comparison to this, the Netscape’s RSS was more famous and widely used.
CDF File Format Example
The following is a generic exmaple of the CDF file format.