Significant characteristics of plain text files

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From Florida Digital Archive Action plan, Plain Text (

Plain text exhibits the following significant properties:

  • Content: All content, including every character, will be preserved.
  • Context: N/A. Plain Text does not contain metadata to describe the environment where it was originally created or used.
  • Behavior: N/A. Plain Text does not provide interactive characteristics.
  • Structure: The location of every linebreak will be preserved. There is no other predefined structure for Plain Text.
  • Appearance: N/A. Plain Text does not store appearance attributes such as font (including font size or font style), color, alignment, etc.
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