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ActiveX Controls

For quite some time, Microsoft Windows has included a feature called object linking and embedding (OLE), which allows all or part of one program to be embedded in a document that you are working on with another program. For example, you can use OLE to put a spreadsheet in a word processing document.

When the Internet explosion rocked the world in the mid-'90s, Microsoft adapted its OLE technology to work with HTML pages online and renamed it ActiveX. Everybody likes to invent his or her own jargon, so ActiveX programs are called controls rather than applets.


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