Legacy Documentclose button

Important: The information in this document is obsolete and should not be used for new development.

Previous Book Contents Book Index Next

Inside Macintosh: More Macintosh Toolbox /
Chapter 7 - Translation Manager / Translation Extension Reference
Translation Extension-Defined Routines / File Translation Extension Routines


A file translation extension must respond to the kTranslateIdentifyFile request code. The Translation Manager uses this request code to allow the translation extension to identify a file as having a format that the extension can translate. You can handle this request by calling the CallComponentFunctionWithStorage function and passing it a pointer to a function with the syntax defined by the DoIdentifyFile function.

FUNCTION DoIdentifyFile (self: ComponentInstance; 
                         theDoc: FSSpec; 
                         VAR docKind: FileType) 
                         : ComponentResult;
A component instance that identifies the component containing the translation extension.
A file system specification record that specifies the document that the translation extension must identify.
On exit, the file format type of the document as identified by your translation extension.
Your DoIdentifyFile function returns, through the docKind parameter, the file type of the file specified by the FSSpec record passed in the theDoc parameter. If your translation extension does not recognize the type of the specified file, DoIdentifyFile should return the result code noTypeErr.

Your DoIdentifyFile function should not return 'TEXT' as a file type unless you determine that the document consists solely of a plain, unformatted stream of ASCII characters.

noErr0No error
noTypeErr-102Unrecognized file type

Previous Book Contents Book Index Next

© Apple Computer, Inc.
6 JUL 1996