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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



APPLIES TO

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



This article was previously published under Q107066

SUMMARY

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

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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
   information.

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
   application.

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
   operate.

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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