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Apple's definitive guide to the powerful AppleScript scripting language, thisbook provides essential...
Apple's definitive guide to the powerful AppleScript scripting language, thisbook provides essential information for Macintosh power users and programmerswho want to use AppleScript to write new scripts, modify existing scripts, orwrite scriptable applications.
AppleScript is a scripting system that allows you to directly control Macintosh applications, including the Mac OS itself. Instead of using a mouse, keyboard, or other input device to manipulate menus, buttons, and other interface items, you can create sets of written instructions-known as scripts-to automate repetitive tasks, customize applications, and even control complex workflows.
This document is a complete guide to the AppleScript language. It is intended for use with AppleScript version 1.3.4 or later and Mac OS 8.5.1 or later, although some descriptions and examples may work with earlier versions.
This version of the AppleScript Language Guide has been revised to cover new features in AppleScript, to include examples from the Mac OS and the Finder, to improve formatting for online viewing, and to correct errors. For a detailed listing of the changes, see "Document Revision History" (page 391).
This guide should be useful to anyone who wants to write new AppleScript scripts or modify existing scripts. If you are new to AppleScript, however, you might want to start by reading the AppleScript section of the Mac OS Help Center, or by reviewing the introductory materials at the AppleScript website:
You can also find introductory books on AppleScript at many bookstores and online sites. Macintosh software developers who want to create scriptable applications should refer to Inside Macintosh: Interapplication Communication, and to related information available at the Apple Developer website:
This guide describes the AppleScript language in thefollowing chapters:
Most sample scripts in this guide demonstrate scriptable features of the Finder, the Mac OS, or applications distributed with the Mac OS, such as the Apple System Profiler. Some examples use AppleWorks, an application suite available from Apple Computer, Inc.