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AppleScript® Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Jerry Lee Ford

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Researching Application Dictionaries

AppleScript is a relatively small programming language. It depends on other applications to extend its capabilities. This is made possible through the exchange of messages between AppleScript and applications in the form of Apple events. In order to interact with and respond to AppleScripts, an application must be scriptable.

A big part of AppleScript programming is knowing which applications are and are not scriptable. Scriptable applications publish lists of Apple events that they are capable of responding to in the form of dictionaries. In order to automate and control applications, you will find yourself spending a lot of time reading through application dictionaries to determine which types of resources ...

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