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Free Building Product Specifications - Arcat Specs are complete, accurate, and in the CSI 3-part format for building and construction professionals. Our building product and material specifications are free to view and download in DOC, RTF or Text. These long-form proprietary specifications are complete with technical data, astm standards, performance features and product attributes.

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Arcat Specs Information: ARCAT Specs File Format Comparison Chart

File
type

Microsoft Word WordPerfect ASCII Text
  2000 Mac Unformatted Formatted

Word
Processor
Required

Word 2000/97, 7.0/95, 6.0, or 6.0 for Mac

Any version back to & including WP5.1 for DOS

 

Any text editor or word processor

Any text editor or word processor

Windows

Windows 2000, NT, 98, or 95

Windows 2000, NT, 98, or 95

No Yes Yes
PC DOS No Yes No Yes Yes
Mac Yes No Yes Yes Yes

 

Editing Tips Editing Tips Editing Tips

Editing Tips

Editing Tips
Benefits Useful if Word97 or 2000 is not available. Native WordPerfect files, not converted from Word. Native WordPerfect files, not converted from Word. Useful if word processor will not read any of the other formats. No real benefit. Last resort.
CSI 3-Part Format Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notes to
Specifier
"Hidden" text, "normal" style Non-printing comments   Notes easily distinguishable from text, will print unless deleted manually Notes easily distinguishable from text, will print unless deleted manually
Paragraph
Styles
No, all paragraphs are "Normal" style No No No No
Paragraph
Numbering
CSI-style, using field codes, semi-automatic renumbering CSI-style, automatic renumbering CSI-style, automatic renumbering CSI-style hard numbers, no automatic renumbering CSI-style hard numbers, no automatic renumbering
Comments "Edit-by-deletion." No styles. Numbering uses field codes, not "bullets & numbering." "Edit-by-deletion." Uses indent codes correctly, but few other WP features. "Edit-by-deletion." Uses indent codes correctly, but few other WP features. "Edit-by-deletion." Does not have line breaks or carriage returns
in middle of paragraphs. Too wide for printing using text editor.
"Edit-by-deletion." Each line is ended with a line break/ carriage return. Will print ok, but editing is extremely time-consuming.

Compatibility
with other
word
processors

Windows and Mac files are the same files. Readable by Word but Word doesn't format as well.   Readable by virturally any word processor or text editor. Best format for Word for DOS. Readable by virturally any word processor or text editor.
File type Word 2000 Mac Unformatted Formatted
WordPerfect ASCII Text

If you don't see your word processor or platform above, check the documentation for your word processor.
It may indicate the types of files it can read and convert.