Rich Text Format
 File extension(s)
 Format registry information
 Significant characteristics
 Preservation action plan
See Word processing files preservation plan
 Preservation Issues
- The specification for Rich Text Format is published and freely available.
- From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format): "Microsoft owns the intellectual property and maintains the format...According to Microsoft's Office 2010 resource kit documentation, Microsoft is discontinuing enhancements to the RTF specification. Further, some new features in Word 2010 and later versions will not save properly to the RTF format."
- Rich Text Format is still heavily used and can be opened in a large number of software programs. Although it is proprietary, it has a published, freely available format specification. In contrast, we'll continue to normalize wordperfect files to .odt because there is no published spec for the wordperfect format.