Compound document

In computing, a compound document is a document that “combines multiple document formats, either by reference, by inclusion, or both.”[1] Compound documents are often produced using word processing software, and may include text and non-text elements such as barcodes, spreadsheets, pictures, digital videos, digital audio, and other multimedia features.

Compound document technologies are commonly utilized on top of a software componentry framework, but the idea of software componentry includes several other concepts apart from compound documents, and software components alone do not enable compound documents. Well-known technologies for compound documents include:

The first public implementation of compound documents was on the Xerox Star workstation, released in 1981.[3]

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