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Sorry, I was a bit behind in my Techwr-l reading, but this caught my
>The basic answer to my problem was that an .rtf file is an .rtf file,
>regardless of which version of Word created it.
>Unfortunately, we couldn't get the Word 6 .rtf files to compile. (The fact
>that we couldn't make this work is no reflection on the goodwill and good
>advice of the many people who offered assistance!!)
Actually, Microsoft changed RTF between Word2 and Word6 to add
some new Word6 features (and just to be a pain in the neck, I think.)
This meant, they needed a new help compiler - the old compiler does not
understand the Word6 RTF. It gives a meaningless error message and
usually hangs the system. The new version is 3.10.505 and it now ships
with the various compilers and Developer CDs.
The old version was 3.10.504 - I think it was a rather large update for a
sixth digit version change, but maybe they were trying to average out
the version change from Word2 to Word6!
Sorry if this is too late, but it may explain your problems.
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