A CDE Definition
An earlier Microsoft Office workbook file that let users combine related documents from different Office applications. The documents could be viewed, saved, opened, emailed and printed as a group. Binder was an ActiveX Documents container, and Office applications were ActiveX Documents servers. The documents were ActiveX Documents objects, formerly known as DocObjects. Introduced with Office 97, Binder was dropped in Office XP. See ActiveX Documents.
Formerly Document Objects (DocObjects), ActiveX Documents are extensions to Microsoft's compound document architecture (see OLE) that allow an application to employ the functionality of another application.
For example, Office applications are "ActiveX Documents servers." The Internet Explorer browser, starting with Version 3.0, was made an "ActiveX Documents container," which can run the server application within it. As a result, Internet Explorer can view an Excel spreadsheet or a Word document by launching the appropriate server.
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