The 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 AE.
The aepack module defines the following functions:
Returns an 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)
FSSpec and Alias are built-in object types defined
in the module macfs.
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
aetypes.ObjectSpecifier. AppleEvent descriptors with
descriptor type typeFSS are returned as FSSpec
objects. AppleEvent record descriptors are returned as Python
dictionaries, with keys of type ? and elements recursively