also plain text
- (cryptography) Alternative spelling of plain text.
- (computing) Alternative spelling of plain text.
plaintext - Computer Definition
An email message with no formatting code. The term is also used to describe the unencrypted version of a message.
See Also: Code or Source Code; Electronic Mail or Email; Encryption or Encipher.
(1) Text that contains no formatting. See text e-mail.
(2) Text that has not been encrypted. Also called "cleartext," plaintext is readable by any text editor such as Notepad and word processors that import ASCII text (almost all do). Contrast with "ciphertext," which is text that has been encrypted. See cryptography.