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DOC: Diagrams Blacked Out in OLE-DB Docs Shipped with VC++

Article ID: 173740

Article Last Modified on 10/17/2003


  • Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0 Professional Edition

This article was previously published under Q173740


When you open the OLE-DB documentation contained within Visual C++ 5.0, none of the diagrams are visible. Instead, you see a black square where the diagram should be located.

For example, observe the diagram at the bottom of the help topic located in the following path in the docs:

   + Platform SDK and DDK documentation
   + OLE DB Programmer's Reference documentation
      + OLE DB Programmer's Reference
         + Part One - Introduction to OLE DB
            +  Chapter 2 - Enumerators, Data Sources and Objects
              +  Data Source Objects
                +  Data Source Object states

This error is caused by the OLE-DB 1.1 Specification source files conversion into the format used by Visual C++.


The OLE-DB 1.1 Specification is available through several other mechanisms where the diagrams appear correctly. The first is the file OLEDB11SPEC.HLP that ships with the OLE-DB 1.1 SDK.

The second is a hard copy of the same material available from Microsoft Press:

Microsoft OLE-DB 1.1 Programmer's Reference and Software Development Kit

ISBN 1-57231-6128-8

The help file and the Microsoft Press volume contain the same content as the Visual C++ version, only without the black squares.

Additional query words: Blacked out diagrams

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