Sets the preview request to data saved within the document or to dynamically generated data.


void QLPreviewRequestSetDataRepresentation(QLPreviewRequestRef preview, CFDataRef data, CFStringRef contentTypeUTI, CFDictionaryRef properties);



The preview request object.


The data of the preview returned to the client. .


The UTI specifying the content type of the preview.


Additional properties for the preview response. For more on supported keys and values for this dictionary, see Preview Properties. If the saved data is HTML, you may specify a special set of properties; see the discussion below for more information.


This function returns preview data to the client. The data is either extracted from a document (where the document’s application has saved it,) or it is dynamically generated. How Quick Look handles the data depends upon the value of contentTypeUTI. The content data of the preview must be of a native Quick Look type. Currently supported UTIs for these types are: kUTTypeImage, kUTTypePDF, kUTTypeHTML, kUTTypeXML, kUTTypePlainText, kUTTypeRTF, kUTTypeMovie, and kUTTypeAudio.

If the UTI type is kUTTypeHTML, you can have the WebKit handle the layout and display of your preview. You must provide the HTML in data plus any attachments (for example, Address Book cards, Mail messages, or Omni Outliner documents) in the properties dictionary. This dictionary takes kQLPreviewPropertyAttachmentsKey as its key and consists of one ore more subdictionaries (one per attachment). Each subdictionary uses an arbitrary string identifier as a key; the attachment should be referenced within the HTML data using the kQLPreviewContentIDScheme URL scheme (“cid”) and the identifier as the URL resource specifier—for example, “cid:the_identifier”. The keys of the subdictionary properties are kQLPreviewPropertyMIMETypeKey, kQLPreviewPropertyTextEncodingNameKey, and kQLPreviewPropertyAttachmentDataKey.

Special Considerations

Thread-safety: This function should be called in the same thread as the preview request is made in; generally, this is the same thread in which the GeneratePreviewForURL callback was invoked.