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Last modified: Thursday, September 18, 1997 

A standard and application programming interface (API) that makes it possible to design independent programs (components) that can work together on a single document. OpenDoc is being developed by a loose alliance of companies, including Apple Computer, IBM, and Lotus. Notably absent from this list is Microsoft, which is pushing an alternative standard and API called Object Linking and Embedding (OLE).

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OpenDoc Tools and Resource page 
Provides links to a number of articles from many publications on OpenDoc technology, tools, resources, and news.

Developing and using OpenDoc extensions
This article describes OpenDoc extensions, objects, and shell plug-ins.

Embedding components using OpenDoc
This article is part of a series discussing OpenDoc technology. There is information on how to embed components in documents, as well as many practical visual examples.

LAN Times article
LAN Times article (May 26, 1997) on Apple Computer's intent to phase out OpenDoc in favor of Java.

OpenDoc architecture
The article is part of a series describing OpenDoc technology and provides information on OpenDoc architecture.

OpenDoc vs. OLE
This article describes OpenDoc and the use of embedded documents. Also described is Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) technology ,and how the two differ. Links to additional information on OpenDoc vs. OLE are also included.

Yahoo!'s OpenDoc page
Yahoo!'s directory of OpenDoc.

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Component Object Model

component software

compound document


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