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CIF2 syntax document for COMCIFS approval

  • To: "Discussion list of the IUCr Committee for the Maintenance of the CIF Standard (COMCIFS)" <comcifs@iucr.org>
  • Subject: CIF2 syntax document for COMCIFS approval
  • From: James Hester <jamesrhester@gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:28:32 +1100

After more than a year of discussion, the DDLm working group has
converged on a specification for a new CIF syntax, dubbed "CIF2".  The
one-page document describing the changes relative to CIF1 is available
on the IUCr website at
A record of the extensive discussions of the DDLm working group is
available at http://www.iucr.org/resources/lists/ddlm-group, with
encoding-specific discussions taking place at

This CIF2 specification is now presented to COMCIFS for approval. I
urge all COMCIFS voting members to register their vote in a timely

James Hester
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