Common Data Format
As stated earlier, all General Interface controls and widgets that consume data are driven by a backing XML model. The data must be in a format known as Common Data Format, or CDF. CDF is a very simple format that defines a few key elements and leaves the attribute space open. Attributes are mapped to data elements in controls. The main advantage of CDF is that it can drive any widget in TIBCO General Interface, which makes it possible to have the same backing CDF for a grid as well as a chart. The Model part of the MVC pattern in General Interface can be thought of as a CDF in TIBCO General Interface.