aepack— Conversion between Python variables and AppleEvent data containers
aepack module defines functions for converting (packing) Python
variables to AppleEvent descriptors and back (unpacking). Within Python the
AppleEvent descriptor is handled by Python objects of built-in type
AEDesc, defined in module
This module has been removed in Python 3.x.
aepack module defines the following functions:
AEDesc object containing a conversion of Python value x. If
forcetype is provided it specifies the descriptor type of the result.
Otherwise, a default mapping of Python types to Apple Event descriptor types is
used, as follows:
typeLong (32 bit integer)
typeFloat (64 bit floating point)
If x is a Python instance then this function attempts to call an
__aepack__() method. This method should return an
If the conversion x is not defined above, this function returns the Python string representation of a value (the repr() function) encoded as a text descriptor.
x must be an object of type
AEDesc. This function returns a Python
object representation of the data in the Apple Event descriptor x. Simple
AppleEvent data types (integer, text, float) are returned as their obvious
Python counterparts. Apple Event lists are returned as Python lists, and the
list elements are recursively unpacked. Object references (ex.
line 3 of document 1) are returned as instances of
formodulename is specified. AppleEvent descriptors with descriptor
type typeFSS are returned as
FSSpec objects. AppleEvent record
descriptors are returned as Python dictionaries, with 4-character string keys
and elements recursively unpacked.
formodulename argument is used by the stub packages generated
gensuitemodule, and ensures that the OSA classes for object specifiers
are looked up in the correct module. This ensures that if, say, the Finder
returns an object specifier for a window you get an instance of
Finder.Window and not a generic
aetypes.Window. The former knows about
all the properties and elements a window has in the Finder, while the latter
knows no such things.