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:
AEDescobject 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:
Python type descriptor type
typeAlias integer typeLong (32 bit integer) float typeFloat (64 bit floating point) string typeText unicode typeUnicodeText list typeAEList dictionary typeAERecord instance see below
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
formodulenameis specified. AppleEvent descriptors with descriptor type typeFSS are returned as
FSSpecobjects. AppleEvent record descriptors are returned as Python dictionaries, with 4-character string keys and elements recursively unpacked.
formodulenameargument is used by the stub packages generated by
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.Windowand 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.