(szName, lHashVal, wFlags, lplptinfo, lpdesckind, lpbindptr)
unsigned long lHashVal
unsigned short wFlags
ITypeInfo FAR* FAR* lplptinfo
DESCKIND FAR* lpdesckind
BINDPTR FAR* lpbindptr

Maps a name to a member of a type, or binds global variables and functions contained in a type library.



Name to be bound.


Hash value for the name computed by LHashValOfNameSys.


Flags word containing one or more of the INVOKE flags defined in the INVOKEKIND enumeration. Specifies whether the name was referenced as a method or as a property. When binding to a variable, specify the INVOKE_PROPERTYGET flag. Specify 0 to bind to any type of member.


If a FUNCDESC or VARDESC was returned, then lplptinfo points to a pointer to the type description that contains the item to which it is bound.


Pointer to a DESCKIND enumerator that indicates whether the name bound to a VARDESC, FUNCDESC, or TYPECOMP. Points to DESCKIND_NONE if there was no match.


Upon return, contains a pointer to the bound-to VARDESC, FUNCDESC, or ITypeComp.

Return Value

The SCODE obtained from the returned HRESULT is one of the following:

Out of memory.
One or more of the arguments is invalid.
The function could not read from the file.
The function could not read from the file.
The type library has an old format.
The type library could not be opened.
More than one instance of this name occurs in the type library.


Used for binding to the variables and methods of a type, or for binding to the global variables and methods in a type library. The returned DESCKIND pointer lpdesckind indicates whether the name was bound to a VARDESC, a FUNCDESC, or an ITypeComp instance. The returned lpbindptr points to the VARDESC, FUNCDESC, or ITypeComp.

If a data member or method is bound to, then lplptinfo points to the type description that contains the method or data member.

If Bind binds the name to a nested binding context, it returns a pointer to an ITypeComp instance in lpbindptr and a NULL type description pointer in lplptinfo. For example, if you pass the name of a type description for a module (TKIND_MODULE), enumeration (TKIND_ENUM), or coclass (TKIND_COCLASS) Bind returns the ITypeComp instance of the type description for the module, enumeration, or coclass. This feature supports languages like Visual Basic that allow references to the members of a type description to be qualified by the name of the type description. For example, a function in a module can be referenced by modulename.functionname.

The members of TKIND_ENUM, TKIND_MODULE, and TKIND_COCLASS types marked as Application objects can be directly bound to from ITypeComp, without specifying the name of the module. The ITypeComp of a coclass defers to the ITypeComp of its default interface.

As with other methods of ITypeComp, ITypeInfo, and ITypeLib, the calling code is responsible for releasing the returned object instances or structures. If a VARDESC or FUNCDESC is returned, the caller is responsible for deleting it via the returned type description and releasing the type description instance itself; otherwise, if an ITypeComp instance is returned, the caller must release it.

Special rules apply if you call a type library's Bind method, passing it the name of a member of an Application object class (that is, a class that has the TYPEFLAG_FAPPOBJECT flag set). In this case, Bind returns DESCKIND_IMPLICITAPPOBJ in lpdesckind, a VARDESC that describes the Application object in lpbindptr, and the ITypeInfo of the Application object class in lplptinfo. To bind to the object, you must call ITypeInfo::GetTypeComp to get the ITypeComp of the Application object class, and then reinvoke its Bind method with the name initially passed to the type library's ITypeComp.

The caller should use the returned ITypeInfo pointer (lplptinfo) to get the address of the member.

Note that the wflags parameter is the same as the wflags parameter in IDispatch::Invoke.

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