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The Standard Exchange Format (SEF)

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The Standard Exchange Format (SEF) is an open-standard, computer readable, text format that contains the schematic information of an  EDI document.  Basically, the purpose of a SEF file is to convey an EDI implementation guideline in a standard, computer-parsable format so that it can be read directly by EDI applications.

The advantages of SEF over other file formats (e.g. pdf, doc, rft, html, and paper) are:

  • SEF files are immediately useable by both users and computers.
  • SEF files are small electronic files that can be transmitted easily over the Internet.
  • SEF files are editable either with a text editor or with our SEF Manager.
  • SEF is an open standard, which allows you to create and distribute your own SEF files without any permission or having to pay any royalty fees.

For documentation on how to create SEF files go to www.foresightcorp.com, (select support, then download), or download the following SEF.pdf file.



What is a SEF (Standard Exchange Format) file?

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Below are SEF files for evaluation  
(Please note: SEF files for evaluation are in a secured format which only works with the evaluation version of Framework EDI.)

X12 Standard

 

UN/EDIFACT Standard


Below are example SEF files in their actual format

X12

Description

UN/EDIFACT

Description

810_3010.SEF

Invoice

APERAK_D96A

Application error and acknowledgement message

856_3020.SEF

Ship Notice/Manifest

ORDERS_D94B

Purchase Order Message

204_3040.SEF

Motor Carrier Load Tender

IFTMIN_D96A

Instruction Message

Please email us if you wish to evaluate other SEF files.  

           

PLEASE NOTE: SEF files are not included in any of the Framework EDI license, but can be purchased from our eShop at https://secure.edidev.net/edidev-ca/eShopNETv2/  (then in the Product Category field select the version of the SEF.)    

 

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