Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.11. Interfaces with other software packages: databases, documents, word processors

ryanrori February 1, 2021

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A software suite or application suite is a collection of computer programs —usually application software or programming software— of related functionality, often sharing a more-or-less common user interface and some ability to smoothly exchange data with each other. An application suite consists of multiple applications bundled together. They usually have related functions, features and user interfaces, and may be able to interact with each other, e.g. open each other’s files. Business applications often come in suites, e.g. Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org and iWork, which bundle together a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a database; but suites exist for other purposes, e.g. graphics or music.

The separate applications in a suite usually have a user interface that has some commonality making it easier for the user to learn and use each application. And often they may have some capability to interact with each other in ways beneficial to the user. For example, a spreadsheet might be able to be embedded in a word processor document even though it had been created in the separate spreadsheet application.

Purpose and application of document

In the PC world, the term document was originally used for a file created with a word processor. In addition to text, documents can contain graphics, charts, and other objects. 

In general, a document is a record or the capturing of some event or thing so that the information will not be lost. Usually, a document is written, but a document can also be made with pictures and sound. A document usually adheres to some convention based on similar or previous documents or specified requirements. Examples of documents are sales invoices, wills and deeds, newspaper issues, individual newspaper stories, oral history recordings, executive orders, and product specifications.

A document is a form of information. A document can be put into an electronic form and stored in a computer as one or more files. Often a single document becomes a single file. An entire document or individual parts may be treated as individual data items. As files or data, a document may be part of a database. 

When using certain computer application programs such as a word processor, a document is the unit of saved work. Each document is saved as a uniquely named file.