Editing status of an R/3 online document. It tells the system that the document has been edited and can now be translated.
When a document is activated, the current contents of the document are permanently linked to the current version number. When an active document is maintained, the editing status is changed to "raw version" or "final version", and the version number is incremented.
Active refers to one of the statuses you can apply to objects and infotype records in PD.
Active status means that an object or infotype record is currently operable. It also means that all editing activities -- create, change, and so on -- can be performed.