<file format> A file containing no "invisible" control characters, only
printable letters, numbers and symbols, usually from the ASCII character set.
A text file can be produced with a text editor and can usually be imported into
any word processor though it will probably appear unformatted.
Compare binary file, flat file, rich text file.
text-based « text editor « Text Encoding Initiative
text file » Text Processing Utility » Text
Reckoning And Compiling » text segment