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Definition: CDA


(1) (Communications Decency Act) Officially Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Communications Decency Act made it a federal crime to send indecent communications to anyone or to allow minors to view any message considered offensive by contemporary community standards. After considerable protest, the CDA was abolished by a federal court and the Supreme Court. See Section 230.

(2) (Compact Disc Audio) The file extension displayed in Explorer when a music CD is loaded into a Windows computer. Appearing as Track01.CDA, Track02.CDA, etc., they are pointers to the track locations on the CD. See CD-DA and AIFF.

(3) (Clinical Document Architecture) A subset of the XML-based HL7 medical record format that is widely used to exchange discharge summaries and progress notes. See healthcare IT.

(4) (Compound Document Architecture) A compound document format from Digital Equipment that created hot links between documents. See compound document.