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TextEdit

Mac OS X comes with the text editor TextEdit in the Applications folder. TextEdit can save files in plain text or the RTF format and uses many built-in Mac OS X features to give you advanced control over text and fonts. Its Rich Text Format (RTF) files can be opened in popular word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word, and display all formatting attributes, such as bolding, italic, and special fonts. Even better for some, the current version of TextEdit can open, edit, and save Word documents, which allows documents to be traded back and forth between Word and TextEdit users. TextEdit can also be used as a simple Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) editor for writing web pages.

About Unicode

TextEdit also handles Unicode editing. Unicode is a character-encoding format that uses 16 bits (as opposed to the traditional 8) for storing each character. This allows more than 65,000 characters to be represented, which is necessary for some languages such as Japanese and Greek. Eventually, Unicode is expected to entirely replace ASCII encoding (which can represent a total of only 255 characters).



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