Compound document

In computing, a compound document is a document that “combines multiple document formats, either by reference, by inclusion, or both.”[1] Compound documents are often produced using word processing software, and may include text and non-text elements such as barcodes, spreadsheets, pictures, digital videos, digital audio, and other multimedia features.

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:

The first public implementation of compound documents was on the Xerox Star workstation, released in 1981.[3]

  1. ^ Wiggins, Bob (2012). Effective Document and Data Management. Burlington, VT: Gower Publishing Limited. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-4094-2328-7. Retrieved Dec 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Verdantium". sourceforge. Retrieved Dec 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "DigiBarn: The Xerox Star 8010 (Dandelion)".

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