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Describing Entities

A format defines how entities and attributes are to be described. It usually adheres to a defined encoding and often does not prescribe a structure.

It is common for inexperienced people to use the word as a short form for data form, for example to describe a file as in "Word Format". Of course this is confusing since such files define an encoding, format, structure, reference integrity and conventions.

The most widely used format is XML, this defines exactly how to describe entities and attributes but does not say which ones are being included.

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The following pages link to here: Comma Seperated Values, Data Form, Data Migration, Data Model, Format, Information, XML

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