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NSDocumentController

Authors

Carl Lindberg (Carl.Lindberg@hbo.com)
The document controller class

Copyright: (C) 1999 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Software documentation for the NSDocumentController class

NSDocumentController : NSObject

Declared in:
AppKit/NSDocumentController.h
Conforms to:
NSCoding
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

NSDocumentController is a class that controls a set of NSDocuments for an application. As an application delegate, it responds to the typical File Menu commands for opening and creating new documents, and making sure all documents have been saved when an application quits. It also registers itself for the NSWorkspaceWillPowerOffNotification. Note that NSDocumentController isn't truly the application delegate, but it works in a similar way. You can still have your own application delegate - but beware, if it responds to the same methods as NSDocumentController, your delegate methods will get called, not the NSDocumentController's.

NSDocumentController also manages document types and the related NSDocument subclasses that handle them. This information comes from the custom info property list ({ApplicationName}Info.plist) loaded when NSDocumentController is initialized. The property list contains an array of dictionarys with the key NSTypes. Each dictionary contains a set of keys:

You can use NSDocumentController to get a list of all open documents, the current document (The one whose window is Key) and other information about these documents. It also remembers the most recently opened documents (through the user default key NSRecentDocuments)..

You can subclass NSDocumentController to customize the behavior of certain aspects of the class, but it is very rare that you would need to do this.

Method summary

sharedDocumentController 

+ (id) sharedDocumentController;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Returns the shared instance of the document controller class. You should always use this method to get the NSDocumentController.

URLsFromRunningOpenPanel 

- (NSArray*) URLsFromRunningOpenPanel;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Uses -runModalOpenPanel:forTypes: to allow the user to select files to open (after initializing the NSOpenPanel). Returns the list of files as URLs that the user has selected.

addDocument: 

- (void) addDocument: (NSDocument*)document;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

autosavingDelay 

- (NSTimeInterval) autosavingDelay;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

clearRecentDocuments: 

- (IBAction) clearRecentDocuments: (id)sender;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

closeAllDocuments 

- (BOOL) closeAllDocuments;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Iterates through all the open documents and asks each one in turn if it can close using [NSDocument -canCloseDocument] . If the document returns YES, then it is closed.

closeAllDocumentsWithDelegate: didCloseAllSelector: contextInfo: 

- (void) closeAllDocumentsWithDelegate: (id)delegate didCloseAllSelector: (SEL)didAllCloseSelector contextInfo: (void*)contextInfo;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

currentDirectory 

- (NSString*) currentDirectory;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Returns the current directory. This method first checks if there is a current document using the -currentDocument method. If this returns a document and the document has a filename, this method returns the directory this file is located in. Otherwise it returns the directory of the most recently opened document or the user's home directory if no document has been opened before.

currentDocument 

- (id) currentDocument;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Returns the document whose window is the main window

defaultType 

- (NSString*) defaultType;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Returns the first type found for which the application has an editor role.

displayNameForType: 

- (NSString*) displayNameForType: (NSString*)type;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

documentClassForType: 

- (Class) documentClassForType: (NSString*)type;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

documentClassNames 

- (NSArray*) documentClassNames;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Returns the names of the NSDocument subclasses handling documents in this application. This will be nil or empty if this is not a document based application.

documentForFileName: 

- (id) documentForFileName: (NSString*)fileName;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Returns the NSDocument class that controls the document with the name fileName.

documentForURL: 

- (id) documentForURL: (NSURL*)url;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

documentForWindow: 

- (id) documentForWindow: (NSWindow*)window;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Returns the NSDocument class that controls window

documents 

- (NSArray*) documents;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Returns an array of all open documents

fileExtensionsFromType: 

- (NSArray*) fileExtensionsFromType: (NSString*)type;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

fileNamesFromRunningOpenPanel 

- (NSArray*) fileNamesFromRunningOpenPanel;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Uses -runModalOpenPanel:forTypes: to allow the user to select files to open (after initializing the NSOpenPanel). Returns the list of files that the user has selected.

hasEditedDocuments 

- (BOOL) hasEditedDocuments;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Returns YES if any documents are "dirty", e.g. changes have been made to the document that have not been saved to the disk

makeDocumentForURL: withContentsOfURL: ofType: error: 

- (id) makeDocumentForURL: (NSURL*)url withContentsOfURL: (NSURL*)contents ofType: (NSString*)type error: (NSError**)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

makeDocumentWithContentsOfFile: ofType: 

- (id) makeDocumentWithContentsOfFile: (NSString*)fileName ofType: (NSString*)type;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

makeDocumentWithContentsOfURL: ofType: 

- (id) makeDocumentWithContentsOfURL: (NSURL*)url ofType: (NSString*)type;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

makeDocumentWithContentsOfURL: ofType: error: 

- (id) makeDocumentWithContentsOfURL: (NSURL*)url ofType: (NSString*)type error: (NSError**)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

makeUntitledDocumentOfType: 

- (id) makeUntitledDocumentOfType: (NSString*)type;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

makeUntitledDocumentOfType: error: 

- (id) makeUntitledDocumentOfType: (NSString*)type error: (NSError**)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

maximumRecentDocumentCount 

- (NSUInteger) maximumRecentDocumentCount;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

newDocument: 

- (IBAction) newDocument: (id)sender;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

noteNewRecentDocument: 

- (void) noteNewRecentDocument: (NSDocument*)aDocument;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

noteNewRecentDocumentURL: 

- (void) noteNewRecentDocumentURL: (NSURL*)anURL;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

openDocument: 

- (IBAction) openDocument: (id)sender;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

openDocumentWithContentsOfFile: display: 

- (id) openDocumentWithContentsOfFile: (NSString*)fileName display: (BOOL)display;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Creates an NSDocument object from the data at the absolute path given in fileName. Causes the document to be displayed if display is YES, unless the -shouldCreateUI method returns NO.

openDocumentWithContentsOfURL: display: 

- (id) openDocumentWithContentsOfURL: (NSURL*)url display: (BOOL)display;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Creates an NSDocument object from the data at the supplied url.
Causes the document to be displayed if display is YES, unless the -shouldCreateUI method returns NO.

openDocumentWithContentsOfURL: display: error: 

- (id) openDocumentWithContentsOfURL: (NSURL*)url display: (BOOL)flag error: (NSError**)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

openUntitledDocumentAndDisplay: error: 

- (id) openUntitledDocumentAndDisplay: (BOOL)flag error: (NSError**)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

openUntitledDocumentOfType: display: 

- (id) openUntitledDocumentOfType: (NSString*)type display: (BOOL)display;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

presentError: 

- (BOOL) presentError: (NSError*)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

presentError: modalForWindow: delegate: didPresentSelector: contextInfo: 

- (void) presentError: (NSError*)err modalForWindow: (NSWindow*)win delegate: (id)delegate didPresentSelector: (SEL)sel contextInfo: (void*)context;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

recentDocumentURLs 

- (NSArray*) recentDocumentURLs;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

removeDocument: 

- (void) removeDocument: (NSDocument*)document;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

reopenDocumentForURL: withContentsOfURL: error: 

- (BOOL) reopenDocumentForURL: (NSURL*)url withContentsOfURL: (NSURL*)contents error: (NSError**)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

reviewUnsavedDocumentsWithAlertTitle: cancellable: 

- (BOOL) reviewUnsavedDocumentsWithAlertTitle: (NSString*)title cancellable: (BOOL)cancellable;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

If there are any unsaved documents, this method displays an alert panel asking if the user wants to review the unsaved documents. If the user agrees to review the documents, this method calls -closeAllDocuments to close each document (prompting to save a document if it is dirty). If cancellable is YES, then the user is not allowed to cancel this request, otherwise this method will return NO if the user presses the Cancel button. Otherwise returns YES after all documents have been closed (or if there are no unsaved documents.)

reviewUnsavedDocumentsWithAlertTitle: cancellable: delegate: didReviewAllSelector: contextInfo: 

- (void) reviewUnsavedDocumentsWithAlertTitle: (NSString*)title cancellable: (BOOL)cancellable delegate: (id)delegate didReviewAllSelector: (SEL)didReviewAllSelector contextInfo: (void*)contextInfo;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

runModalOpenPanel: forTypes: 

- (NSInteger) runModalOpenPanel: (NSOpenPanel*)openPanel forTypes: (NSArray*)openableFileExtensions;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Invokes [NSOpenPanel -runModalForTypes:] with the NSOpenPanel object openPanel, and passes the openableFileExtensions file types

saveAllDocuments: 

- (IBAction) saveAllDocuments: (id)sender;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

setAutosavingDelay: 

- (void) setAutosavingDelay: (NSTimeInterval)autosavingDelay;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

setShouldCreateUI: 

- (void) setShouldCreateUI: (BOOL)flag;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

shouldCreateUI 

- (BOOL) shouldCreateUI;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

typeForContentsOfURL: error: 

- (NSString*) typeForContentsOfURL: (NSURL*)url error: (NSError**)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.

typeFromFileExtension: 

- (NSString*) typeFromFileExtension: (NSString*)fileExtension;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

validateMenuItem: 

- (BOOL) validateMenuItem: (NSMenuItem*)anItem;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

validateUserInterfaceItem: 

- (BOOL) validateUserInterfaceItem: (id)anItem;
Availability: MacOS-X 10.0.0

Description forthcoming.

willPresentError: 

- (NSError*) willPresentError: (NSError*)err;
Availability: Not in OpenStep/MacOS-X

Description forthcoming.


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