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MIL-STD-1840 Revision C, June 26, 1997
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Includes all amendments and changes through Interim Notice 1, April 22, 2010
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This interface standard establishes the logical structure and formats for the transfer of digital information between organizations or systems exchanging digital forms of technical information. This standard facilitates the development and support of systems throughout their life cycle and the conduct of business by electronic means. The areas addressed by this standard involve the interface with computer technologies which are automating the creation, storage, retrieval, and delivery of hard copy forms of technical manuals and engineering drawings. The standard also addresses electronic product data technology and the packaging of data for electronic commerce. The standard defines a logical file identification and bundling convention for device- and medium-independent exchange of technical information. This revision of the standard adds several new data types, provides for new transfer media complementing 9-track reel tape, and supports increased Information Security (INFOSEC) capabilities including digital signature and encryption.

This interface standard defines the digital data file formats and information structures used for the exchange of technical information in digital form. The format, information structures, and transfer procedures established herein are applicable in all cases where the information can be prepared and received in the form of American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text files, product definition data files, raster image files, graphics files, or other forms of binary encoding such as audio and video data. This standard may be employed for information exchange applications not specifically described herein; its use is not limited to technical data exchange in a defense acquisition environment. This standard applies to technical information which is part of the traditional technical data package used for system or item acquisition; technical information used to design, manufacture, field, and dispose of a system or item; and the technical documentation used for system or item support. This includes information such as product data, product acquisition and implementation information, and product support data.