<file format> A file containing no "invisible" control characters, only printable letters, numbers and symbols, usually from the ASCII character set.
A text file can be produced with a text editor and can usually be imported into any word processor though it will probably appear unformatted.
Compare binary file, flat file, rich text file.
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Nearby terms: text-based « text editor « Text Encoding Initiative « text file » Text Processing Utility » Text Reckoning And Compiling » text segment