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Hi :)
The Rtf spec kept changing at any whim of MS's.  They wouldn't publish the
new specs until month or even years later.  So in order to 'stay'
compatible everyone else had to reverse engineer or guess what changes MS
might have made.  The reason Italo is able to point to a spec of Rtf is
because MS have abandoned it's development - not because the spec is being
handled decently.

MS was constantly promising that Rtf would be the best format for
interoperability but it never quite worked out that way.  Much the same way
that DocX is panning out with all it's various "transitional" versions -
except that Rtf was never had a version that was accepted as an ISO format.

Also Rtf is not "plain text" as it contains tons of spurious coding and

What IS curious is how MS has had such trouble implementing the ODF specs
that everyone else seems to find so easy and which have been openly
available from OASIS or (for a small fee) from the ISO people.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 19 November 2014 13:05, Urmas <> wrote:

"Andreas Säger":

 Which non-MS
application can handle every flavour of RTF you throw at it?

The degree of support RTF in application is not related to the
'complexity' of RTF spec. It has to do with the feature set of particular
app. Once again, if your app lacks half of the features MS Word had in its
2.0 incarnation (LO 4.4 included), it is not caused by Microsoft in any
way. Blame the laziness of its developers and the complete lack of
experience in office field.

For example, KWord (aka Calligra) still does not support language tagging
(the feature present in MSWord 2.0) after 15 years in development. Who is
to blame here?

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