The Archive tools use handles as file names for extracted rule instances as XML documents. The number sign (#) replaces the exclamation point (!) in XML file names. Certain queries display rule instances keys as handles.
In an activity, the Obj-Open-by-Handle method uses a handle to bypass rule resolution and open an exactly specified rule instance.
In most activities, use the Obj-Open method to copy a rule from the database to the clipboard. This causes the system to use the current ruleset list and other standard facilities to find and open the most context-appropriate rule.
You can also use the Obj-Open-by-Handle method to open a specific instance even if this instance is not the one found by rule resolution.