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Writing Word Macros, Second Edition by Steven Roman PhD

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Object Model Hierarchies

The fact that one object’s properties and methods can return another object, thus creating the concept of child objects, is of paramount importance, for it adds a very useful structure to the object model.

It seems by looking at the literature that there is not total agreement on when one object is considered a child of another object. For our purposes, if object A has a property or method that returns object B, then we will consider object B a child of object A and object A a parent of object B.

For example, the Range object, which represents a contiguous area within a document, has a Font property, which returns a Font object. Hence Font is a child of Range and Range is a parent of Font. The Font object is also a child of the Selection object, which represents the current selection in a document window. In fact, an object can have many parents and many children.

It is worth elaborating on my choice of definition for child objects. I could take a more restrictive view by requiring that the object property or method actually have the same name as the child object. For instance, the Application object has a Documents property that returns the Documents collection. Hence Documents is a child of Application. However, this definition is too restrictive. For instance, the only property or method of the Application object that returns a Dictionaries collection object is the CustomDictionary property. Hence the Dictionaries object would not be considered a child of ...

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