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Unimacro and Vocola
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 Meta actions
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Global dictation

Unimacro meta actions

These meta actions are most useful in global command files. A meta action like <<filesaveas>> can be defined in one (global) command. The action can differ for different programs/Windows. These are resolved at runtime, when a command has been recognised. Configuration of these meta actions are done in a user configurable ini file: actions.ini.

Note this file is in the Unimacro release. Please consult the link(/installation/inifilestrategy.html, page on inifile strategy) if you make changes to the file actions.ini.

Calling meta actions in Vocola User Files:

The meta actions should be called like Unimacro(<<filesaveas>>). As they have no spaces inside, quoting is not needed.

Defining/changing the meta actions

You can use meta actions that are already there, but you can also invent your own. Just open the file actions.ini ( by calling the Unimacro command Edit actions.

Type in the [default] section the wantedname = default action.

For specific applications that behave different, you can specify in the section of that application again wantedname = specifiec action.

For more information see page on meta actions in Unimacro.

Which application?

You can get the name of the foreground program with the command give window info of the grammar _general.

Example filesaveas (in the file actions.ini):

filesaveas = {f12}

filesaveas = {ctrl+x}{ctrl+w}

filesaveas = {alt+f}a

Example save close (window|document):

It is possible to use Vocola variables inside a Unimacro meta action. Defined are the meta actions <filesave>, <documentclose> and <windowclose>. A combined command for save close document and save close window is now:

save close (document | window) = Unimacro(<<filesave>>) W() Unimacro(<<$1close>>);

or ( making use of a complete Unimacro actions string):

save close (document | window) = Unimacro(”<<filesave>>; W; <<$1close>>”);

The file actions.ini Contains the following lines:

(for most applications the keys to send for these meta actions are default, but there are some exceptions. In this case for emacs, psp (PaintShopPro) and cmd (the DOS command window).

documentclose = {ctrl+f4}
filesave = {ctrl+s}
windowclose = {alt+f4}

documentclose = {ctrl+x}k; {enter}
filesave = {ctrl+x}{ctrl+s}
windowclose = {ctrl+x}{ctrl+c}

filesave = SSK {ctrl+s}

windowclose = {alt+space}c