The CDF office realizes that scientific progress is often impeded by
the lack of, or excessive multiplicity of, available standards for data
formats and structures and/or data format translators. In a bid to
facilitate and promote data sharing with other data formats, the CDF office has
decided to adopt Extensible Markup Language (XML) as a basis for establishing
interoperability with other scientific data formats and created CDF Markup
Language (CDFML) to describe CDF data and metadata.