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Old 06. Sep 2013, 02:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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At present the two best options would be the main "open" access file formats that anyone can freely use and obtain the specs:
  1. PDF = Adobe Portable Document Format
    In 2008, Adobe published a Public Patent License to ISO 32000-1 granting royalty-free rights for all patents owned by Adobe that are necessary to make, use, sell and distribute PDF compliant implementations
  2. DOCX = Word Microsoft Office Open XML (not to be confused with Open Office XML)
Of the others:
  • DOC is widely used but proprietary and not documented by public standards.
  • ODF or ODT has limited market share and many users of Open Office and its variants will use DOC or DOCX as their preferred file format.
  • RTF is too limited in features.

For a comparison of the formats this article is old but one of the best that I have seen: PDF, DOC, DOCX, ODF, RTF
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