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Formal Syntax

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This RTF Specification describes RTF using the following syntax, based on Backus-Naur Form.

#PCDATAText (without control words).
#SDATAHexadecimal data.
#BDATABinary data.
'c'A literal.
<text>A nonterminal.
AThe (terminal) control word a, without a parameter.
a or aNThe (terminal) control word a, with a parameter.
a?Item a is optional.
a+One or more repetitions of item a.
a*Zero or more repetitions of item a.
a bItem a followed by item b.
a | bItem a or item b.
a & bItem a and/or item b, in any order.