I still disagree, I’m afraid. I think it differs across generations, too, though. The kids I taught in my primary school knew there were different word processors: one of them said that their dad used OpenOffice at home, others used Macs whereas we had Windows at school etc. And the kid-friendly word processor we used at school saved as… You guessed it, RTF.
I was an “average user” for many years before I became an “advanced user”, and RTF was one of the first formats I came across. It will also be one of the first formats that many Windows users came across, because it is the default format of Wordpad, the TextEdit-style program that comes with Windows and which you use until you realise you need Word (if your computer didn’t come bundled with Office). That’s where I experienced RTF first, and it was in the first weeks of having my first very own PC.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that the majority of Mac users aren’t “average computer users”. Whilst I’m sure there are many Mac users who have always used Macs, I think it is probably safe to say that most chose to switch to a Mac from another platform. And regardless of whether they switched or not, surely around 99% of Mac users have to use Windows machines at some point. Switching between platforms involves more than the user about which you are talking - the user who thinks the monitor is the computer and the CD tray is the coffee holder - is capable of. This is why programs such as Scrivener flourish on the Mac, too, I would think (now that I come to think about it): because the users, having switched platforms or having experienced the differences between platforms, then start looking for other alternatives to the solutions they are used to.
Anyway, the fact is that Pages does support RTF. It can import and export the format. It just doesn’t do it very well. Surely that should be considered a defect rather than a study of people’s needs, because they have provided a feature that a group do need, just not in a way that is useful.
Anyway, right now I am in the middle of a 4,000-word waffle on the .pages format for the blog, explaining to new users the problems involved in exchanging Pages files with Scrivener. I’ve been meaning to talk about this on the blog for a while because it comes up so often, but this discussion has prompted me to get on with it!
Oh, and no one gets booted from the boards for disagreeing with me (even the strange and self-proclaimed “+3”), so long as they don’t say that Star Wars is rubbish (recent trilogy notwithstanding) or start telling me that they don’t like the way I use the word “thou’st”…