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In Tiger, it is now possible for developers to specify that an application's dictionary will be displayed using its sdef file alone, instead of the Cocoa *.scriptSuite and *.scriptTerminology files or the traditional 'aete' resource file that were used in Panther. The sdef file format, enhanced for Tiger, allows developers to include HTML documentation, including formatted instructional text of unlimited length, example script statements, and live Web links. This is the long-sought holy grail for dictionary writers. For an example of what a Tiger AppleScript dictionary using these features looks like when displayed in Script Editor under Tiger, view the PDF file of the PreFab UI Actions Tiger dictionary at MacScripter.net: <http://files.macscripter.net/App_Dictionaries/UIActions_1.1.pdf> Thanks to Ben Waldie for posting this on MacScripter.net. Actually, the Script Editor dictionary viewer adds some background styling and navigation features that don't show up in the PDF file. To see the real dictionary, download the free trial version of UI Actions 1.1 at <http://www.prefab.com/uiactions/>. You'll have to run the included UI Actions Setup application once to install the UI Actions scripting addition in your user library Scripting Additions folder, then display the scripting addition's dictionary by dragging it onto Script Editor. All developers of scriptable applications should start taking advantage of these dictionary documentation features as soon as possible. Your users and customers will thank you! -- Bill Cheeseman - email@hidden Quechee Software, Quechee, Vermont, USA http://www.quecheesoftware.com PreFab Software - http://www.prefab.com/scripting.html The AppleScript Sourcebook - http://www.AppleScriptSourcebook.com Vermont Recipes - http://www.stepwise.com/Articles/VermontRecipes _______________________________________________ Do not post admin requests to the list. They will be ignored. Applescript-users mailing list (email@hidden) Help/Unsubscribe/Update your Subscription: This email sent to email@hidden
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