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Rich Text Format
Abbreviation: RTF
Scope: Specification of the format for text and graphics interchange
Topic: File Formats
Standard body: Other
Keywords: File format, Microsoft Word
Use in CLARIN: acceptable

Rich Text Format (RTF) is a file format that was developed and standardized by Microsoft Corporation for creating formatted text files. The RTF format is all-purpose and widespread. Almost every word processing program in different operating systems can open, create or edit RTF formatted documents. For this reason, it is often used to transfer formatted text files among several different computer systems using different word processing programs.

More than a basic text file, the RTF format also contains formatting features, such as text style, size, colour, tables, different fonts and so on. The formatting features are specified by an internal mark-up language. However, RTF does not support all features of a full word processor, like Microsoft Word.

As Microsoft Word and MS Office are improved continuously and their new versions have been published periodically, the RTF specification has also been revised several times. The first version of the specification was published in 1987. The latest version is 1.9.1 published in 2008.

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Version Title: Rich Text Format Specification Version 1.9.1
Abbreviation: RTF 1.9.1 [not official, only for reference in this website]
Version Number: 1.9.1
Status: final
Release Date: 2008-03-20
  1. Microsoft Corporation

The specification RTF 1.9.1 is compatible with the updates introduced in Microsoft Office Word 2007/Word 12.

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