The below is an off-site archive of all tweets posted by @mjtsai ever

January 19th, 2009

@BLUEFROGweb Comments are perfectly safe. They've been part of the Finder's AppleScript API since before OS X. Pain to work with, though.

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@BLUEFROGweb It might work fine, it might corrupt the index, it might not preserve those attributes, or index them reliably. We don't know.

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@BLUEFROGweb Open Meta is writing data into an area reserved by Apple. Spotlight's behavior with custom metadata keys is undefined.

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@cparnot Open Meta seems to have the same pros/cons as Tags. Misleading that they describe it as not doing anything secret. Ugly API. 10.5+.

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@ctp It would understand standard formats like UTF-8 and plist, and your app would declare a schema with what it should expect.

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@rentzsch It's not necessarily just a namespace problem, since Spotlight's behavior is undefined when encountering unknown attributes...

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@rentzsch If it's searchable by Spotlight but not in the comments field, it must be using a com.apple xattr key. I don't call that Safe.

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@rentzsch Which standard metadata is it using?

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