System Language (and user defaults in mac os x)
alex at mindlube.com
Wed Dec 4 00:50:01 EST 2002
On Tuesday, December 3, 2002, at 07:12 PM, Monte Goulding wrote:
> I actually think it's something that should be a built in function.
> Particularly for MacOS as the engine does not hide the language menu.
> But if
> there is an applescript/file based or shell solution then I'm eager to
In OS X, the user's language preferences are accessible via the
UserDefaults system, which you can access via the shell. Or via my
Cocoa-Revolution bridging external which doesn't exist yet ;-)
However, from the shell type the command:
defaults read NSGlobalDomain
You will see an AppleLanguages array in the listing.
AppleLanguages = (
This array is the "preferred order" for languages as set in the
International | Language system preferences pane. Note that it's an
ordered preference; so the Finder, System, etc will use the 1st
languages, but your applications will be localized depending if they
support any of the prioritized languages. Other fancy stuff:
defaults read NSGlobalDomain > global-defs.plist
OR to browse all of your user defaults for all of your apps:
defaults read > defs.plist
The "open" command opens the Apple PropertyList Editor with the plist
in an outline view. From there you can save it out as XML. Or just
The new UserDefaults system is very good and I highly recommend
developers to start using it once Revolution can hook into it; or even
use if from the shell via the defaults command. Compliant apps save
their user defaults under a domain named "tld.domain.AppName" e.g.
Although if you are going for more cross-platform ease then using a rev
stack or text file for saving user defaults probably makes more sense.
Alex Rice, Software Developer
Architectural Research Consultants, Inc.
alrice at ARCplanning.com
alrice at swcp.com
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