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Article:
  TextEdit's Default Format: RTF... Why?
Subject:   RTFD
Date:   2005-11-15 05:34:20
From:   leeg
Response to: RTFD

I finally ditched all my NeXT Mail mailboxes around 10.2, but until that point Apple Mail could read (but not compose) NeXT's rich text mail format (a tar'ed rtfd sent as a MIME part) too. However, as for why TextEdit's default format is RTF (when it should obviously be plain text), I have no idea.