[thelist] MS Doc File Format Specs?

David Greig DavidGr at bsa.qld.gov.au
Mon Apr 1 23:59:00 CST 2002

Hi Frank, List

Whenever I need to check on a file format, I go to <http://www.wotsit.org>.
It has a searchable listing of most file formats available.  RTF format is
described in this document <http://www.wotsit.org/download.asp?f=rtf15>,
with an addendum at <http://www.wotsit.org/download.asp?f=rtfadd97>.  Those
2 are 147k and 62k respectively.

<tip type="File Formats" author="dave_greig">
Need to find information on a particular file format?  Visit
http://www.wotsit.org for a comprehensive listing of different file formats,
searchable and organised by type of file.


-----Original Message-----
From: Frank [mailto:framar at interlog.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 April 2002 3:01 PM
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: [thelist] MS Doc File Format Specs?

I've noticed a good deal of apps that can read and write MS Word,
Xcel, PPT (Office formats), that aren't necessarily MS partners (such
as SunOffice, or ThinkFree for example). I know that the RTF spec is
available, I was wondering if someone could point me to the specs for

I've been Googling around quite a bit and can't seem to find it. Does
this mean that

1) MS distributes it's file format spec to selected people?
2) That I didn't user the right combination of search terms?
3) That Sun <gasp> reverse engineered the file format?


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