What is text file?

  • (noun): (computer science) a computer file that contains text (and possibly formatting instructions) using 7-bit ASCII characters.
    Synonyms: document

Text File

A text file (sometimes spelled "textfile": an old alternate name is "flatfile") is a kind of computer file that is structured as a sequence of lines of electronic text. A text file exists within a computer file system. The end of a text file is often denoted by placing one or more special characters, known as an end-of-file marker, after the last line in a text file.

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List Of File Formats (alphabetical) - X
... Used by X Archive X1.EXE X AVS X image file SDSC Image Tool X DirectX 3D object X LEX source code file X XBasic Source code file Xbasic X3D x3d and ...
Text File - Rendering
... When opened by a text editor, human-readable content is presented to the user ... This often consists of the file's plain text visible to the user ... or as visible escape characters that can be edited as plain text ...
... or u2d) is a tool to convert line breaks in a text file from Unix format (Line feed) to DOS format (carriage return + Line feed) and vice versa ... When invoked as unix2dos the program will convert a Unix text file to DOS format, when invoked as dos2unix it will convert a DOS text file to UNIX format ...
Text Editor - Plain Text Files Vs. Word Processor Files
... There are important differences between plain text files created by a text editor, and document files created by word processors such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or OpenOffice.org ... A plain text file uses a simple character set such as ASCII to represent numbers, letters, and a small number of symbols ... The only non-printing characters in the file, usable to format the text, are newline, tab, and formfeed ...
List Of File Formats (alphabetical) - I
... Description Used by I Preprocessor output file Borland C Preprocessor IAK Internet Access Kit OS/2 IAM Assembly file Autodesk Inventor IAX Bitmap graphics (IBM Image Access ... dba TeraByte Unlimited IMG Vivid IMG file IMI image Magellan Meridian map IMI image Magellan eXplorist map IMP Spreadsheet Lotus Improv IMQ Image presentation ImageQ IN Design ... IWP Text file Wang IX data dtSearch index IZT Izl binary token file IZL ...

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