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Objects in Quantum that can receive Microsoft window messages (WM_PAINT, WM_SIZE, etc.) have property lists, just as Symbol's do.  When the Quantum message loop wants to dispatch a Microsoft window message to a Quantum object, it searches the object's property list for a function associated with the message.  Quantum calls the object's function to handle the message.  If no function is found, some default action is performed.  In the MyCat project, you can see that there are message handlers for _MyCatEraseBkGnd, _MyCatSize, and _MyCatClicked to handle messages WM_ERASE, WM_SIZE, and BN_CLICKED installed on the window and button of this application.  This is all set up in function MyCat when CreateWindow and CreateButton are called.

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