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Conclusion: Mathematica will output plain text

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  • Subject: [mg39853] Conclusion: Mathematica will output plain text
  • From: carlos at (Carlos Felippa)
  • Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 02:52:27 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Thanks to all people who replied to me privately.  The
use of TextForm, as suggested by David Park, seems to be 
closest to what I want:

  TextForm["hello, world"]>>textfile

writes exactly 12 visible characters on the file.

For Print[TextForm["hello, world"]] a Save Selection
-> Plain Text works the same way.

I could not find TextForm in my Mac/Mathematica 4.2.1 
help file (wish I had; in fact I searched for PlainTextForm 
PlainForm, etc.,  before the OP).  I wonder if it
appears in the helpfile for other machines, or is an 
undocumented/experimental feature.

Carlos Felippa

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