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Bonnie Dalzell

If all you need to preserve in a document is the text - that is the written words in the document in readable order then the thing to do is to save them as plain ASCII text files. Almost all word processors and text editors can open an ASCII file and most word processors and text editors have an ASCII save option.

What is lost is special formatting, different type faces and type formats such as italic, bold, etc. Sometimes the formatting of tables is also obscured. However ASCII formated files are also readable across operating systems as long as the media can be read by a the different operating system's computer.

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