Sorry for the long delay in responding, and thanks for the replies.
I did try rtf2html, but IIRC (it's been a while) I didn't have much success with that. I didn't end up installing AbiWord, either, as in the interim I've installed Redhat 8.0, and OpenOffice Writer does quite well opening rtf files.
Another rather weird but definitely useful approach I found (and this is *really* fast) is to use Google as a converter (assuming the rtf file is on the web). This search has an example
, and you'll see that there's a "View as HTML" option.
Not the most conventional approach, but like I said, it's fast
Thanks again for your help... LQ is great!