About This Reference

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What you'll find in this guide

The Addon Interfaces Library Reference is intended for users who want to use the library to create addons that dynamically add functionality to applications. You can use addons to add functionality to your application without requiring redeployment of the entire application.

The new Multimedia Library uses the Addon Interfaces Library to build its interfaces. For more information about the Multimedia Library, and to see examples of interfaces implemented with the Addon Interfaces Library, see the Multimedia Developer's Guide.

This table may help you find what you need in the Addon Interfaces Library Reference:

When you want to: Go to:
Read an overview of the Addon Interfaces Library, including a step-by-step example of how to write your own interface Overview
See the list of basic API (structures and functions) that make up the Addon Interface Library, and a list of auxilliary interface-specific functions Addon Interfaces Library Reference
See a list of existing interfaces that have been designed for use with the Addon Interfaces Library, which you can use in your applications Appendix A: Existing Interfaces
Read about accessing data (resources) in an addon using the AOResourceAcces interface Appendix B: Using Addon Resources
See the list of existing structures that have been designed for use with the Addon Interfaces Library, which you can use in your applications Appendix C: Defined Structures

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Reference Example
Code examples if( stream == NULL )
Command options -lR
Commands make
Environment variables PATH
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Function names exit()
Keyboard chords Ctrl-Alt-Delete
Keyboard input something you type
Keyboard keys Enter
Program output login:
Programming constants NULL
Programming data types unsigned short
Programming literals 0xFF, "message string"
Variable names stdin
User-interface components Cancel

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