WD: How to Convert Between Mass-11 Word Processor and Word (116257)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft Word 98 Macintosh Edition
    Microsoft Word 97 for Windows
    Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0
    Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0a
    Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0a-CD
    Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0b
    Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0c
    Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0c-CD
    Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0
    Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0a
    Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0c
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 5.0
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 5.0a
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 5.1
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 5.1a
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 6.0
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 6.0.1
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 6.0.1a
    Microsoft Word for the Macintosh 6.0.1
    Microsoft Word for MS-DOS 5.0
    Microsoft Word for MS-DOS 6.0

This article was previously published under Q116257


Microsoft Word products do not directly support conversion to or from the MASS-11 file format.


To convert between the MASS-11 file format and Microsoft Word, use either of the following methods.

Method 1: Save in a Compatible Format

MASS-11 versions 8.5 and 8.6 for VAX or PC can import and export the following formats, which all Word products can read and write:
    Microsoft Rich Text Format (RTF)
    WordPerfect 5.x
Versions of MASS-11 earlier than version 8.5 support import and export of RFT-DCA format only.

According to MicroSystems Engineering Technical Support, these MASS-11 import and export options retain only baseline formatting. They retain text, margins, and character attributes, but do not retain such advanced layout features as tables or special characters.

Method 2: Obtain a Third-Party Conversion Solution

Several third-party converter vendors and conversion bureaus also support conversion between MASS-11 and formats that Word can read and write (including native Word format). For more information about third-party conversion solutions, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

174813 WD: Third-Party Conversion Solutions

Support for MASS-11 is the sole responsibility of MicroSystems Engineering Company. For more information or technical support with MASS-11, contact:

MicroSystems Engineering Company
2500 W Higgins Rd, Suite 950
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195
(708) 261-0111

The third-party contact information included in this article is provided to help you find the technical support you need. This contact information is subject to change without notice. Microsoft in no way guarantees the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

The third-party products discussed here are manufactured by vendors independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 5/6/2003
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