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Best document file format?
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Best document file format for storing text?
ODT
14%
 14%  [ 1 ]
DOC
14%
 14%  [ 1 ]
DOCX
14%
 14%  [ 1 ]
RTF
14%
 14%  [ 1 ]
HTML
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
TXT
42%
 42%  [ 3 ]
Total Votes : 7

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darrelljon


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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 10:18    Post subject:  Best document file format?
Subject description: for storing text
 

What's the best document file format for storing text?
I'm working with various documents I want to distribute for a variety of different reasons.
I know what's best for smaller sizes. I did a topic here a while ago.
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=74849
What's best for
    Prospective employers
    Business colleagues
    Ordinary home users
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darrelljon


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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 10:29    Post subject:  

Also for
Long term archival preservation purposes
and
proofing OCRs between book scans and ebook generation
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Galbi


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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 11:02    Post subject:  

Although I´d like to see ODT as a world standard, i voted for RTF.
For the moment, I think it´s more convenient as there are lot of software that can read and write in that format with free software (free in sense of free and freedom) and no one will complain that can't open it.

For ODT there are good news:
http://www.zdnet.com/uk-makes-odf-its-official-documents-format-standard-7000031884/

More and more administrations are making open formats the default standard.

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darrelljon


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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 11:11    Post subject:  

Doesn't RTF strip formatting like tables, frames etc.
This might actually be useful for me as I need to do that to OCR scans to turn them into pure text.
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SFR


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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 12:20    Post subject:  

darrelljon wrote:
What's the best document file format for storing text?

Plain text? If so I vote for TXT [UTF-8].

darrelljon wrote:
Long term archival preservation purposes

Why not PDF/A, which is
https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=PDF/A wrote:
specialized for the digital preservation of electronic documents.

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Les Kerf

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 12:44    Post subject:  

darrelljon wrote:


...Long term archival preservation purposes...


For long-term storage, most DEFINITELY .txt

However, I suspect that a prospective employer will be somewhat annoyed if you present them with a resume' formatted in plain text Rolling Eyes Very Happy Razz
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