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document
Last modified: September 18, 1997

 
   File Management
 
 
 
   compound document
 documentation
 file
 
(1) In the
PC world, a file created with a word processor. In addition to text, documents can contain graphics, charts, and other objects.

Increasingly, the line separating word processing files from files produced by other applications is becoming blurred. A word processing application can produce graphics and a graphics application can produce words. This trend is accelerating with new technologies such as OLE and OpenDoc that allow an application to combine many components. Consequently, the term document is used more and more to describe any file produced by an application. Interestingly, this is the way the term has always been used in Macintosh environments.

(2) To enter written explanations. For example, programmers are always exhorted to document their code by inserting comments.

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