Jul 12, '04 07:30:10AM • Contributed by: pwargo
However, I had trouble selecting the "International" preference pane -- it turns out that it's not named com.apple.preferences.international or anything like that. A scan through the filesystem (using the Terminal) showed me that it was really named com.apple.Localization, based on seeing and exploring the Localization.prefPane directory under /System -> Library -> PreferencePanes. That worked. It's interesting that some of the preference pane names are what you'd expect, while others are not.
As a side note, somewhere (I forget where), I found an AppleScript code fragment that helped identify the pane correctly after I figured it out from the resource files:
tell application "System Preferences" get name of current pane end tell
Also, if anybody is interested, here is the basic AppleScript. Maybe it will save somebody else some time.
(* A quick-n-dirty way to select a Number Format From the "International" Preference Pane. Note that you need the "Enable access for assitive devices" option turned on in the "Universal Access" preference pane for this to work *) (* Also, there is no error checking. Caveat emptor. *) (* Fire up System Preferences *) tell application "System Preferences" activate (* Guess what? It's not named com.apple.preferences.international *) set current pane to pane "com.apple.Localization" end tell (* Now, hook up with the System Events and pretend that we are using the GUI. *) tell application "System Events" tell application process "System Preferences" (* Tab group 1 is most elements in the pane. *) click radio button "Formats" of tab group 1 of window "International" (* Make the menu pop up. *) click pop up button 1 of tab group 1 of window "International" (* Pick seems to work well in this case. *) pick menu item "United Kingdom" of menu of ¬ pop up button 1 of tab group 1 of window "International" end tell end tell (* Bail out, now that we're done. *) tell application "System Preferences" to quit