Rich Text Format

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The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated RTF) is a proprietary[6][7] document file format with published specification developed by Microsoft Corporation since 1987 for Microsoft products and for cross-platform document interchange[citation needed].

Most word processors are able to read and write some versions of RTF.[8] There are several different revisions of RTF specification and portability of files will depend on what version of RTF is being used.[7][9] RTF specifications are changed and published with major Microsoft Word/Microsoft Office versions.

It should not be confused with enriched text (mimetype "text/enriched" of RFC 1896) or its predecessor Rich Text (mimetype "text/richtext" of RFC 1341 and 1521); nor with IBM's RFT-DCA (Revisable Format Text-Document Content Architecture) which are completely different specifications.



Richard Brodie, Charles Simonyi, and David Luebbert, members of the Microsoft Word development team, developed the original RTF in the middle to late 1980s. Its syntax was influenced by the TeX typesetting language.[citation needed] The first RTF reader and writer shipped in 1987 as part of Microsoft Word 3.0 for Macintosh, which implemented the RTF version 1.0 specification. All subsequent releases of Microsoft Word for the Macintosh and all versions for Windows can read and write files in RTF format.

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