Regarding long-term preservation for text files we recommend the following:

  • Word & Openoffice: based on XML, but not recommended for long-term preservation at this point. Please convert your texts to PDF/A-1a or PDF/A-2a.
  • Unformatted text (e.g. *.txt.): Suitable for long-term preservation. Best as Unicode with encoding UTF-8.
  • LaTeX: In general suitable for long-term preservation. Please ensure proper documentation, though.


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