Q163729: WD97: OLE Automation Fails When Using "Word.Basic" Object
Article: Q163729 Product(s): Word 97 for Windows Version(s): WINDOWS:97 Operating System(s): Keyword(s): kbfile kbdta kbdtacode word8 kbwordvba word97 Last Modified: 14-NOV-2000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The information in this article applies to: - Microsoft Word 97 for Windows ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SYMPTOMS ======== When you use a programming language that calls a Visual Basic for Applications or WordBasic instruction using OLE Automation, and your calling application (for example, Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0) cannot use named arguments, the OLE automation fails. CAUSE ===== When you use a programming language that cannot call a Visual Basic for Applications or WordBasic instruction using named arguments, you must identify these arguments by position using commas as placeholders. RESOLUTION ========== To ensure the correct WordBasic command argument positioning when using OLE Automation to interact with Visual Basic for Applications, use the Position.hlp file for Word versions 6.x and 7.x. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center: Position.exe (http://download.microsoft.com/download/word60win/utility3/1/WIN98/EN-US/position.exe) For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Q119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services Microsoft used the most current virus detection software available on the date of posting to scan this file for viruses. Once posted, the file is housed on secure servers that prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. MORE INFORMATION ================ Visual Basic for Applications includes a WordBasic Automation object (Word.Basic) that includes methods for all the WordBasic statements and functions available in Word versions 6.x, 7.x. WordBasic statements or functions in Microsoft Word can take named arguments. If your application does not support named arguments, and you send WordBasic commands through OLE Automation, your application must specify all the parameters to a WordBasic function in the proper order. The same call in WordBasic may only require some of the parameters using named arguments, and those parameters could be provided in any order. For most WordBasic statements, the positioning of the arguments is documented in the WordBasic Help topics or printed reference entries for those statements. However, the arguments for some statements are not listed in proper order, or the arguments are irrelevant or have no effect. These arguments are not documented in WordBasic Help or in the printed reference. For example, the InsertIndex statement corresponds to the Index tab in the Index and Tables dialog box. The InsertIndex statement takes a number of arguments that have to do with other tabs in the dialog box, such as the Table Of Contents tab. Because these arguments are irrelevant to inserting an index, they are ignored, and are therefore not documented in WordBasic Help or in the printed reference. But, as an OLE Automation programmer, you need to be aware of these arguments so you can correctly specify arguments by position. NOTE: If your program was written to call WordBasic commands and you are anticipating interacting with the Microsoft Word Visual Basic for Applications language for all future development, it is recommended that you convert your code from WordBasic to Visual Basic for Applications commands for Microsoft Word. For a listing of these statements and the correct order of the arguments, look to the Position.txt text file. This file is included on the disk included with the Word Developer's Kit (located in the Wrdbasic directory). For additional information, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Q161547 WD: How to Use OLE Automation with Word 6.0/7.0 Q105534 WD: OLE: Visual Basic 3.0 Does Not Support Named Arguments Q112733 FILE: Help File for VB OLE Automation w/ Word for Windows Q163618 WD97: Writing Macro Code for VBA and WordBasic Branching For information about WordBasic statements and functions, see the "Microsoft Word Developer's Kit" or WordBasic Help in Word versions 6.x, 7.x. REFERENCES ========== For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Q163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications Additional query words: wordcon vb vba vbe fileprint ====================================================================== Keywords : kbfile kbdta kbdtacode word8 kbwordvba word97 Technology : kbWordSearch kbWord97 kbWord97Search kbZNotKeyword2 Version : WINDOWS:97 Issue type : kbprb =============================================================================
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