By Apple Computer Inc

ISBN-10: 0201407353

ISBN-13: 9780201407358

This booklet is a vital reference for somebody utilizing AppleScript to switch latest scripts or write new ones. It presents many pattern scripts and discusses complex themes similar to writing command handlers for script functions, the scope of script variables and homes declared at various degrees in a script, and inheritance and delegation between script items.

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Unlike other scripting languages, AppleScript does not have a single fixed set of definitions for use with all applications. Instead, when you write scripts in AppleScript, you use both definitions provided by AppleScript and definitions provided by individual applications to suit their capabilities. Dictionaries tell you which objects are available in a particular application and which commands you can use to control them. You can view an application’s dictionary by dropping the application’s icon on the Script Editor’s icon, or by opening the application with the Script Editor’s Open Dictionary command.

Each value belongs to a value class, which is a category of values that are represented in the same way and respond to the same operators. To find out how to represent a particular value, or which operators it responds to, check its value class definition. AppleScript can coerce a value of one class into a value of another. The possible coercions depend on the class of the original value. This chapter describes how to interpret value class definitions, discusses the common characteristics of all value classes, and presents definitions of many value classes supported in AppleScript.

For more information, see “Repeat With (loopVariable) In (list)” (page 256). For more information on the Script Editor’s Event Log window, see the AppleScript section of the Mac OS Help Center. 50 Other Features and Language Elements 5/5/99  Apple Computer, Inc. C H A P T E R Figure 3-0 Listing 3-0 Table 3-0 3 Values and Constants 3 Values are data that can be represented, stored, and manipulated in scripts. AppleScript recognizes many types of values, including character strings, real numbers, integers, lists, and dates.

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