In computing, a compound document is a document type typically produced using word processing software, and is a regular text document intermingled with non-text elements such as spreadsheets, pictures, digital videos, digital audio, and other multimedia features. It can also be used to collect several documents into one.
Compound document technologies are commonly utilized on top of a software componentry framework, but the idea of software componentry includes several other concepts apart from compound documents, and software components alone do not enable compound documents. Well-known technologies for compound documents include:
OpenDoc's cross-platform architecture rivals OLE; Apple, other vendors challenge Microsoft's compound-document standard. (Windows' Object Linking and Embedding)
Oct 01, 1993; Windows' Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) specification no longer has a monopoly on compound-document architecture. Apple's new...