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The Standard Exchange Format (SEF)

The Standard Exchange Format (SEF) is an open-standard, computer readable, text format that contains the implementation guideline of an EDI document.  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, download the following sef16.pdf file.

For creating an X12 SEF file from scratch with the SEF Manager, click here

For creating an UN/EDIFACT SEF file from scratch with the SEF Manager, click here

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


Below are example SEF files in their actual format

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PLEASE NOTE: SEF files are not included in any of the Framework EDI license.

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