How can I strip away formatting from an RTF file?

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Wed Jul 8 19:58:15 CEST 2015

Devin Asay wrote:
 > On Jul 8, 2015, at 11:24 AM, Gregory Lypny wrote:
 >> I imported an RTF file and put it into a field using
 >>   set the RTFText of field "File Text" to url ("file:" &
 >> longFileName)
 >> Of course, the text in the field is formatted as in the file that
 >> was imported. How can I import the text while stripping away the
 >> formatting, which I do not need?
 > Just ‘put’ the text of the field into another field or variable:
 >   put fld “myRTF” into fld “myText”
 > Putting text never preserves formatting.
 > Another trick I’ve learned (unless it’s been changed recently) is
 > that using ‘replace’ on a field strips formatting.
 >   replace space with space in fld “myRTF”

Setting the field's contents as with your first example would be the way 
I would recommend.

Replacing a single character should ideally only affect the text style 
for that character, even if it occurs in multiple places, so personally 
I would consider the second example a bug if it strips all styles from 
unaffected portions of the text.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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