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Microsoft KB Archive/107066

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Works: Basic OLE Terminology

Article ID: 107066

Article Last Modified on 10/6/2003


  • Microsoft Works 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Works 2.0a
  • Microsoft Works 3.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q107066


This article contains a glossary listing of some of the more commonly used object-linking-and-embedding (OLE) terms and their definitions.


ClassName: An OLE variable that identifies the object's source
   application type so that the correct source application is invoked
   for editing.

Compound Document: A document that contains many different linked or
   embedded objects from various other documents or applications.
   This is the whole basis of OLE.

Embedded Object: A fully self-contained piece of data represented in
   the destination application as a picture. This packet of
   information contains all the information needed to re-create the
   object in its source application when edited.

Destination (Client, Container): The application that receives OLE

DocFiles: A special file system for OLE applications within the
   operating system. The DocFiles format allows every file to hold
   any number of new sub-files, which can in turn hold any number of
   sub-files. This tree-like structure lends itself to the compound
   document structure, which can have embedded objects within embedded
   objects. You can do this in Works 3.0 by linking or embedding a
   spreadsheet in a Word Processor document and then embedding that
   Word Processor document in another Word Processor document.

Linked Object: Contains a pointer to an external file containing the
   information displayed by the object.

Native: The data format understood by the source application. This is
   the data used to create and modify the object in the source

Object: A concrete, physical instance of an object class.

Object Class: A definition of the type of object. The class includes
   specific characteristics, such as member functions that describe the
   type's behavior. It also includes data, upon which the member functions

Presentation: The data format understood by the destination
   application. This is the data needed to display the object in the
   destination application.

Source (Server): The application that provides OLE information.

Static Object: These are objects that the application itself creates.
   For example, a Works chart pasted in as a picture or a bitmap in a word
   processing document is a static object because it doesn't contain
   references to external applications or utilities.

In-Place Activation (Insitu): This is the basis for OLE 2.0
   functionality. In-place editing allows you to edit an embedded object
   from within the destination application without having to open a
   separate window.


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