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Finder 7.5.5 Dictionary

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Index

  1. Required Suite
  2. Standard Suite
  3. Finder Suite

Required Suite: Terms that every application should support

Events:

open: Open the specified object(s)

open alias -- list of objects to open

print: Print the specified object(s)

print alias -- list of objects to print

[items list] -- DO NOT USE: provided for backwards compatibility with old event suite. Will be removed in future Finders

quit: Quit the Finder (direct parameter ignored)

quit

run: Sent to an application when it is double-clicked

run

Standard Suite: Common terms for most applications

Classes:

class info: Get information about an object class

class info type class -- the object class about which information is requested

[in writing code] -- the human language and script system in which to return information

Result: type class info -- a record containing the object’s properties and elements

Events:

close: Close an object

close reference -- the object to close

[saving yes/no/ask] -- specifies whether changes should be saved before closing

[saving in alias] -- the file in which to save the object

count: Return the number of elements of a particular class within an object

count reference -- the object whose elements are to be counted

each type class -- the class of the elements to be counted

Result: integer -- the number of elements

data size: Return the size in bytes of an object

data size reference -- the object whose data size is to be returned

[as type class] -- the data type for which the size is calculated

Result: integer -- the size of the object in bytes

delete: Delete an element from an object

delete reference -- the element to delete

duplicate: Duplicate object(s)

duplicate reference -- the object(s) to duplicate

[to location reference] -- the new location for the object(s)

[replacing boolean] -- Specifies whether or not to replace items in the destination that have the same name as items being duplicated

[positioned at list] -- Gives a list (in local window coordinates) of positions for the destination items

[items list] -- DO NOT USE: provided for backwards compatibility with old event suite. Will be removed in future Finders

Result: reference -- to the duplicated object(s)

event info: Get information about the Apple events in a suite

event info type class -- the event class of the Apple events for which to return information

[in writing code] -- the human language and script system in which to return information

Result: type event info -- a record containing the events and their parameters

exists: Verify if an object exists

exists reference -- the object in question

Result: boolean -- true if it exists, false if not

get: Get the data for an object

get reference -- the object whose data is to be returned

[as type class] -- the desired types for the data, in order of preference

Result: anything -- the data from the object

make: Make a new element

make

new type class -- the class of the new element

at location reference -- the location at which to insert the element

[to reference] -- when creating an alias file, the original item to create an alias to

[with data anything] -- the initial data for the element

[with properties record] -- the initial values for the properties of the element

Result: reference -- to the new object(s)

move: Move object(s) to a new location

move reference -- the object(s) to move

to location reference -- the new location for the object(s)

[replacing boolean] -- Specifies whether or not to replace items in the destination that have the same name as items being moved

[positioned at list] -- Gives a list (in local window coordinates) of positions for the destination items

Result: reference -- to the object(s) after they have been moved

open: Open the specified object(s)

open reference -- list of objects to open

[using reference] -- the application file to open the object with

[items list] -- DO NOT USE: provided for backwards compatibility with old event suite. Will be removed in future Finders

print: Print the specified object(s)

print reference -- list of objects to print

[items list] -- DO NOT USE: provided for backwards compatibility with old event suite. Will be removed in future Finders

quit: Quit the Finder (direct parameter ignored)

quit

[saving yes/no/ask] -- specifies whether to save currently open documents (not supported by Finder)

save: Save an object (Not supported by Finder)

save reference -- the object to save

[in alias] -- the file in which to save the object (not supported by Finder)

[as type class] -- the file type of the document in which to save the data (not supported by Finder)

set: Set an object's data

set reference -- the object to change

to anything -- the new value

suite info: Get information about event suite(s)

suite info type class -- the suite for which to return information

[in writing code] -- the human language and script system in which to return information

Result: type suite info -- a record containing the suites and their versions

Classes:

Class application: An application program

Plural form:

applications

Properties:

clipboard a list of anything -- the clipboard

frontmost boolean [r/o] -- Is this the frontmost application?

name string [r/o] -- the name

selection selection-object -- the selection visible to the user

version version [r/o] -- the version of the application

Class character: A character

Plural form:

characters

Properties:

color RGB color -- the color

font text -- the name of the font

size fixed -- the size in points

writing code writing code [r/o] -- the script system and language

style text style info -- the text style

uniform styles text style info [r/o] -- the text style

Class document: A document

Plural form:

documents

Properties:

modified boolean [r/o] -- Has the document been modified since the last save?

Class file: A file

Plural form:

files

Properties:

stationery boolean -- Is the file a stationery file?

Class selection-object: the selection visible to the user

Properties:

contents type class [r/o] -- the contents of the selection

Class text: Text

Properties:

font text -- the name of the font of the first character

Class text style info: On and Off styles of text run

Plural form:

text style infos

Properties:

on styles a list of plain/bold/italic/outline/shadow/underline/superscript/subscript/strikethrough/small caps/all caps/all lowercase/condensed/expanded/hidden [r/o] -- the styles that are on for the text

off styles a list of plain/bold/italic/outline/shadow/underline/superscript/subscript/strikethrough/small caps/all caps/all lowercase/condensed/expanded/hidden [r/o] -- the styles that are off for the text

Class window: A window

Plural form:

windows

Properties:

bounds bounding rectangle -- the boundary rectangle for the window

closeable boolean [r/o] -- Does the window have a close box?

titled boolean [r/o] -- Does the window have a title bar?

index integer -- the number of the window

floating boolean [r/o] -- Does the window float?

modal boolean [r/o] -- Is the window modal?

resizable boolean [r/o] -- Is the window resizable?

zoomable boolean [r/o] -- Is the window zoomable?

zoomed boolean -- Is the window zoomed?

visible boolean -- Is the window visible?

Class insertion point: An insertion location between two objects

Plural form:

insertion points

Finder Suite: Objects and Events for the Finder

Events:

clean up: Arrange items in window nicely

clean up reference -- the window to clean up

[by type class] -- the order in which to clean up the objects

computer: Test attributes of this computer

computer type class -- the attribute to test

[has integer] -- test specific bits of response

[Result: integer] -- the result of the query

eject: Eject the specified disk(s), or every ejectable disk if no parameter is specified

eject reference -- the items to eject

empty: Empty the trash

empty reference -- “empty” and “empty trash” both do the same thing

erase: Erase the specified disk(s)

erase reference -- the items to erase

put away: Put away the specified object(s)

put away reference -- the items to put away

[items list] -- DO NOT USE: provided for backwards compatibility with old event suite. Will be removed in future Finders

Result: reference -- the object put away in its put-away location

restart: Restart the Macintosh

restart

reveal: Bring the specified object(s) into view

reveal reference -- the object to be made visible

select: Select the specified object(s)

select reference -- the object to select

shut down: Shut Down the Macintosh

shut down

sleep: Sleep the Macintosh

sleep

sort: Return the specified object(s) in a sorted list

sort reference -- a list of finder objects to sort

by type class -- the property to sort the items by

[Result: reference] -- the sorted items in their new order

update: Update the display of the specified object(s) to match their on-disk representation

update reference -- the item to update

Classes:

Class accessory process: A process launched from a desk accessory file

Plural form:

accessory processes

Properties:

desk accessory file reference [r/o] -- the desk accessory file from which this process was

launched

Class accessory suitcase: A desk accessory suitcase

Plural form:

accessory suitcases

Elements:

item by numeric index, by name

Class alias file: An alias file (created with “Make Alias”)

Plural form:

alias files

Properties:

original item reference [r/o] -- the original item pointed to by the alias

Class application: An application program

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name, by ID

container by numeric index, by name

container window by numeric index, by name

content space by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

desktop-object by numeric index, by name

disk by numeric index, by name, by ID

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by name, by ID

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

information window by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sharing window by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

trash-object by numeric index, by name

window by numeric index, by name

Properties:

about this macintosh reference [r/o] -- the “About this Macintosh” dialog, and the list of running processes displayed in it

apple menu items folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Apple Menu Items,” the contents of which appear in the Apple menu

clipboard reference [r/o] -- the Finder's clipboard window

control panels folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Control Panels”

desktop reference [r/o] -- the desktop

extensions folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Extensions”

file sharing boolean -- Is file sharing on?

fonts folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Fonts”

frontmost boolean -- Is this the frontmost application?

insertion location reference [r/o] -- the container that a new folder would appear in if “New Folder” was selected

largest free block integer [r/o] -- the largest free block of process memory available to launch an application

preferences folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Preferences”

product version string [r/o] -- the version of the System software running on this Macintosh

selection reference -- the selection visible to the user

sharing starting up boolean [r/o] -- Is File sharing in the process of starting up (still off, but soon to be on)?

shortcuts reference [r/o] -- the “Finder Shortcuts” item in the Finder's help menu

shutdown items folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Shutdown Items”

startup items folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Startup Items”

system folder reference [r/o] -- the System folder

temporary items folder reference [r/o] -- the special folder “Temporary Items” (invisible)

version string [r/o] -- the version of the Finder Scripting Extension

view preferences reference [r/o] -- the view preferences control panel

visible boolean -- Is the Finder's layer visible?

Class application file: An application's file on disk

Plural form:

application files

Properties:

minimum partition size integer -- the smallest memory size that the application can possibly be launched with

partition size integer -- the memory size that the application will be launched with

scriptable boolean [r/o] -- Is this application high-level event aware (accepts open application, open document, print document, and quit)?

suggested partition size integer [r/o] -- the memory size that the developer recommends that the application should be launched with

Class application process: A process launched from an application file

Plural form:

application processes

Properties:

application file application file [r/o] -- the application file from which this process was launched

Class container: An item that contains other items

Plural form:

containers

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name

container by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by name

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

Properties:

completely expanded boolean -- Is the container and all of its children open in outline view?

container window reference [r/o] -- the main window for the container

entire contents reference [r/o] -- the entire contents of the container, including the contents of its children

expandable boolean [r/o] -- Is the container capable of being expanded into outline view?

expanded boolean -- Is the container open in outline view?

previous list view integer [r/o] -- the last non-icon view (by name, by date, etc.) selected for the container (forgotten as soon as the window is closed)

selection reference -- the selection visible to the user

view integer -- the view selected for the container (by icon, by name, by date, etc.)

Class container window: A window that contains items

Plural form:

container windows

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name

container by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by name

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

Properties:

container reference [r/o] -- the container this window is opened from

disk reference [r/o] -- the disk on which the item this window was opened from is stored

folder reference [r/o] -- the folder this window is opened from

item reference [r/o] -- the item this window is opened from

previous list view integer [r/o] -- the last non-icon view (by name, by date, etc.) selected for the window (forgotten as soon as the window is closed)

selection reference -- the selection visible to the user

view integer -- the view selected for the window (by icon, by name, by date, etc.)

Class content space: All windows, including the desktop window (“Window” does not include the desktop window)

Plural form:

content spaces

Class control panel: A control panel

Plural form:

control panels

Properties:

calculate folder sizes boolean -- (Views) Are folder sizes calculated and displayed in Finder list windows?

comment heading boolean -- (Views) Are comments displayed in Finder list windows?

date heading boolean -- (Views) Are modification dates displayed in Finder list windows?

disk information heading boolean -- (Views) Is information about the volume displayed in Finder list windows?

icon size integer -- (Views) the size of icons displayed in Finder list windows

kind heading boolean -- (Views) Are document kinds displayed in Finder list windows?

label heading boolean -- (Views) Are labels displayed in Finder list windows?

size heading boolean -- (Views) Are file sizes displayed in Finder list windows

snap to grid boolean -- (Views) Are items always snapped to the nearest grid point when they are moved?

staggered grid boolean -- (Views) Are grid lines staggered?

version heading boolean -- (Views) Are file versions displayed in Finder list windows?

view font integer -- (Views) the id of the font used in Finder views

view font size integer -- (Views) the size of the font used in Finder views

Class desk accessory file: A desk accessory file

Plural form:

desk accessory files

Class desktop-object: Desktop-object is the class of the “desktop” object

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name

container by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by name

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

Properties:

startup disk reference [r/o] -- the startup disk

trash reference [r/o] -- the trash

Class disk: A disk

Plural form:

disks

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name

container by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by ID, by name

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

Properties:

capacity integer [r/o] -- the total number of bytes (free or used) on the disk

ejectable boolean [r/o] -- Can the media can be ejected (floppies, CD's, syquest)?

free space integer [r/o] -- the number of free bytes left on the disk

local volume boolean [r/o] -- Is the media is a local volume (rather than a file server)?

startup boolean [r/o] -- Is this disk the boot disk?

Class document file: A document file

Plural form:

document files

Class file: A file

Plural form:

files

Properties:

creator type type class -- the OSType identifying the application that created the item

file type type class -- the OSType identifying the type of data contained in the item

locked boolean -- Is the file locked?

product version string [r/o] -- the version of the product (visible at the top of the “Get Info” dialog)

stationery boolean -- Is the item a stationery pad?

version string [r/o] -- the version of the file (visible at the bottom of the “Get Info” dialog)

Class folder: A folder

Plural form:

folders

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name

container by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by name

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

Class font file: A font file

Plural form:

font files

Class font suitcase: A font suitcase

Plural form:

font suitcases

Elements:

item by numeric index, by name

Class group: A Group in the Users and Groups control panel

Plural form:

groups

Properties:

bounds bounding rectangle -- the bounding rectangle of the group

icon 'ifam' -- the icon bitmap of the group

label index integer -- the label of the group

name string -- the name of the group

position point -- the position of the group within its parent window

Class information window: An information window (opened by “Get Info…”)

Plural form:

information windows

Properties:

comment string -- the comment

creation date date [r/o] -- the date on which the item was created

icon 'ifam' -- the icon bitmap of the item

item reference [r/o] -- the item this window was opened from

locked boolean -- Is the item locked?

minimum partition size integer -- the smallest memory size that the application can possibly be launched with

modification date date [r/o] -- the date on which the item was last modified

partition size integer -- the memory size that the application will be launched with

physical size integer [r/o] -- the actual space used by the item on disk

product version string [r/o] -- the version of the product (visible at the top of the “Get Info” dialog)

size integer [r/o] -- the logical size of the item

stationery boolean -- Is the item a stationery pad?

suggested partition size integer [r/o] -- the memory size that the developer recommends that the application should be launched with

version string [r/o] -- the version of the file (visible at the bottom of the “Get Info” dialog)

warn before emptying boolean -- Is a dialog displayed when “Empty trash…” is selected?

Class item: An item

Plural form:

items

Properties:

bounds bounding rectangle -- the bounding rectangle of the item

comment string -- the comment displayed in the “Get Info” window of the item

container reference [r/o] -- the container of this item

content space content space [r/o] -- the window that would open if the item was opened

creation date date [r/o] -- the date on which the item was created

disk reference [r/o] -- the disk on which the item is stored

folder reference [r/o] -- the folder in which the item is stored

icon 'ifam' -- the icon bitmap of the item

id integer [r/o] -- an id that identifies the item

information window reference [r/o] -- the information window for the item

kind string [r/o] -- the kind of the item

label index integer -- the label of the item

modification date date [r/o] -- the date on which the item was last modified

name string -- the name of the item

physical size integer [r/o] -- the actual space used by the item on disk

position point -- the position of the item within its parent window

selected boolean -- Is the item selected?

size integer [r/o] -- the logical size of the item

window window [r/o] -- the window that would open if the item was opened

Class process: A process running on this Macintosh

Plural form:

processes

Properties:

creator type type class [r/o] -- the creator type of this process

file reference [r/o] -- the file that launched this process

file type type class [r/o] -- the file type of the file that launched this process

frontmost boolean -- Is this the frontmost application?

name string [r/o] -- the name of the process

partition size integer [r/o] -- the size of the partition that this application was launched with

partition space used integer [r/o] -- the number of bytes currently used in this partition

remote events boolean [r/o] -- Will this process accepts remote events?

scriptable boolean [r/o] -- Is this process high-level event aware (accepts open application, open document, print document, and quit)?

visible boolean -- Is this process' layer visible?

Class sharable container: A container that may be shared (disks and folders)

Plural form:

sharable containers

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name

container by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by name

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

Properties:

exported boolean [r/o] -- Is this folder a share point or inside a share point?

group string -- the user or group that has special access to the folder

group privileges sharing privileges -- the see folders/see files/make changes privileges for the group

guest privileges sharing privileges -- the see folders/see files/make changes privileges for everyone

inherited privileges boolean -- Are the privileges of this item always the same as the container it is stored in?

mounted boolean [r/o] -- Is this folder mounted on another machine's desktop?

owner string -- the user that owns this folder

owner privileges sharing privileges -- the see folders/see files/make changes privileges for the owner

protected boolean -- Is container protected from being moved, renamed or deleted?

shared boolean -- Is container a share point?

sharing window reference [r/o] -- the sharing window for the container

Class sharing privileges: A set of sharing properties

Properties:

make changes boolean -- privileges to make changes

see files boolean -- privileges to see files

see folders boolean -- privileges to see folders

Class sharing window: A sharing window (opened by “Sharing…”)

Plural form:

sharing windows

Properties:

container reference [r/o] -- the container that this window was opened from

exported boolean [r/o] -- Is this container a share point or inside a share point?

folder reference [r/o] -- the folder that this window was opened from

group string -- the user or group that has special access to the container

group privileges sharing privileges -- the see folders/see files/make changes privileges for the group

guest privileges sharing privileges -- the see folders/see files/make changes privileges for everyone

inherited privileges boolean -- Are the privileges of this item always the same as the container it is stored in?

item reference [r/o] -- the item that this window was opened from

mounted boolean [r/o] -- Is this container mounted on another machine's desktop?

owner string -- the user that owns the container

owner privileges sharing privileges -- the see folders/see files/make changes privileges for the owner

protected boolean -- Is container protected from being moved, renamed or deleted?

sharable container reference [r/o] -- the sharable container that this window was opened from

shared boolean -- Is container a share point?

Class sound file: This class represents sound files

Plural form:

sound files

Class status window: These windows are progress dialogs (copy window, rebuild desktop database, empty trash)

Plural form:

status windows

Class suitcase: A font or desk accessory suitcase

Plural form:

suitcases

Elements:

item by numeric index, by name

Class trash-object: Trash-object is the class of the “trash” object

Elements:

accessory suitcase by numeric index, by name

alias file by numeric index, by name

application file by numeric index, by name

container by numeric index, by name

control panel by numeric index, by name

desk accessory file by numeric index, by name

document file by numeric index, by name

file by numeric index, by name

folder by numeric index, by name

font file by numeric index, by name

font suitcase by numeric index, by name

item by numeric index, by name

sharable container by numeric index, by name

sound file by numeric index, by name

suitcase by numeric index, by name

Properties:

warn before emptying boolean -- Is a dialog displayed when “Empty trash…” is selected?

Class user: A User in the Users and Groups control panel

Plural form:

users

Properties:

bounds bounding rectangle -- the bounding rectangle of the user

icon 'ifam' -- the icon bitmap of the user

label index integer -- the label of the user

name string -- the name of the user

position point -- the position of the user within its parent window

Class window: A window

Plural form:

window

 

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