Each record in the table is one line of the text file.
This way you don't need an editor to view a text file.
It would have a text file for each account in the list.
I'm going to save a text file with this response in.
A common example will read a directory full of text files and return each line as a record.
"Those are text files; you can review them using the editor."
It's not trying to do more than just locking up a text file.
This was not a problem when messages were brief text files.
The programming language has been changed many times to do things in addition to changing text files.
In computing, a line is a unit of organization for text files.