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It depends on what you mean by “formatted”. With ASCII text, “formatted” means that the characters are in certain positions on a page. A few examples would be:
- when text is printed on a check, the text must be in specific areas for the check to print accurately
- when spreadsheets are saved as text, it’s important to see what’s in each column.
- if reports are converted to ASCII, the data should be in the correct tables
- if a form is converted to text, the descriptions must align with corresponding fields for data
With the text extraction tools from Visual Integrity, you can count on precision placement of each character. Since the format does not support attributes such as bold, underline or italic, these will all be sacrificed in the conversion process.