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Ten Minute Guide to Microsoft® Visio® 2002 by Eric R. Infanti

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Using OLE'Automation to Embed or Link Visio Files

Object Linking and Embedding (OLE') is a Microsoft protocol to share information from one OLE'compatible application to another. OLE'can share multiple file types, whether they are images, sound files, spreadsheets, or documents.

OLE'Automation enables enormous functionality to host applications with the ability to embed and link Visio files. Embedding Visio information into a host application maintains its connection to Visio the application, but not the Visio document. Because the host application understands the Visio data interface, editing of that data can be done within the host.

For example, from a Word document, embedded Visio data could be opened and edited from within Word. The Word ...

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