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EscapeForOsascriptShell ( escapeThis )

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Daniel A. Shockley, NYHTC

Escapes a value so that it can be used in a nested AppleScript/shell/AppleScript command

Sample Input:
EscapeForOsascriptShell ( "single-quote: 'Today is the day' - done" )

EscapeForOsascriptShell ( "double-quote: \"Hello World\" - done" )
Sample Output:
single-quote: '\\''Today is the day'\\'' - done
double-quote: \\\"Hello World\\\" - done"

 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.


Escapes a string or number so that it can be used in a Perform AppleScript that runs a "do shell script" that uses the osascript command to then run the AppleScript.
Reason? It means that you can send an AppleScript command to an external applet that does not wait for a response, which means the FileMaker script will no longer be locking up FileMaker, preventing that external script from working with FileMaker.
For more, see the following:

Basically, this aids in using a work-around for the fact that "Send Event" is broken in recent Mac OS X versions and that you can't have "Perform AppleScript" ignore the results and continue the script without waiting for the AppleScript to finish.

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