Two enemies, one bullet, which do I shoot?
I learned an important lesson about RTF and MS Word today. The lesson is:
The RTF spec is a "best case scenario". MS Word is the "worst case scenario".
Either the spec is too obscure, leaves out info, wrong, or Word just does not follow the spec. I think all are probably true.
Another lesson for debugging RTF documents that you want to open in MS Word:
If you can't get Word to display your RTF as you want it to, do the same thing manually in Word, save it as RTF, sift through the 80% of the filler crap that Word outputs, and find the actual answer.
What a pain in the ass.