RTF

The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated RTF) is a proprietary document file format with published specifications developed by Microsoft Corporation from 1987 until 2008 for cross-platform document interchange with Microsoft products.

Most word processors are able to read and write some versions of RTF. There are several different revisions of RTF specification and portability of files will depend on what version of RTF is being used. RTF specifications were changed and published with major Microsoft Word and Office versions.

It should not be confused with enriched text (mimetype “text/enriched” of RFC 1896) or its predecessor Rich Text (mimetype “text/richtext” of RFC 1341 and 1521); nor with IBM’s RFT-DCA (Revisable Format Text-Document Content Architecture) which are completely different specifications.