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Help Author Kit Incompatible With Microsoft Word 97

Article ID: 170689

Article Last Modified on 8/9/2004


  • MSPRESS Microsoft Windows 95 Help Authoring Kit ISBN 1-55615-892-0

This article was previously published under Q170689


Microsoft Windows 95 Help Authoring Kit, ISBN 1-55615-892-0, contains a procedure which produces the following error when the steps on pages 18 through 29 are completed:

   Processing TOPICS\myhelp.rtf
         HC4002: Warning:
      The RTF file TOPICS\myhelp.rtf is corrupted at offset 286.
         HC4005: Warning:
      The .\myhelp.hlp help file has not been created.


Microsoft Word 97 produces a rich text file that is incompatible with Microsoft Help Compiler 4.0. For more information on this problem, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

164012 Error Compiling Word 97 RTF in Help Compiler, Help WorkShop.

Microsoft is aware of this problem and has produced a new version of the Microsoft Help Compiler that will work correctly with Microsoft Word 97 files. Version 4.03 of the Help Compiler is now available for free download from Microsoft. Future reprints and editions of the Microsoft Windows 95 Help Authoring Kit will include the corrected compiler.


The self-extracting archive file, Hcwsetup.exe, contains the Microsoft Help Workshop version 4.03 and instructions for installing this program.

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services

Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. Microsoft Press is committed to providing informative and accurate products. This file is ready for inclusion in future printings of this book. If you have a later printing of this book, the practice disc might already contain version 4.03 of the Microsoft Help Workshop.

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