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The base class for OLE documents that support visual editing.
COleDocument is derived from CDocument, which allows your OLE applications to use the document/view architecture provided by the Microsoft Foundation Class Library.
COleDocument treats a document as a collection of CDocItem objects to handle OLE items. Both container and server applications require such an architecture because their documents must be able to contain OLE items. The COleServerItem and COleClientItem classes, both derived from CDocItem, manage the interactions between applications and OLE items.
If you are writing a simple container application, derive your document class from COleDocument. If you are writing a container application that supports linking to the embedded items contained by its documents, derive your document class from COleLinkingDoc. If you are writing a server application or combination container/server, derive your document class from COleServerDoc. COleLinkingDoc and COleServerDoc are derived from COleDocument, so these classes inherit all the services available in COleDocument and CDocument.
To use COleDocument, derive a class from it and add functionality to manage the application's non-OLE data as well as embedded or linked items. If you define CDocItem-derived classes to store the application's native data, you can use the default implementation defined by COleDocument to store both your OLE and non-OLE data. You can also design your own data structures for storing your non-OLE data separately from the OLE items. For more information, see the article Containers: Compound Files..
CDocument supports sending your document via mail if mail support (MAPI) is present. COleDocument has updated OnFileSendMail to handle compound documents correctly. For more information, see the articles MAPI and MAPI Support in MFC..