Is it conceivable to create an app-specific 'select or show menu' action extraction engine'?

The menu action extractor would start by asking the user for the name of an app , then create an app specific group (or the user van create one) and finally generate a series of macros with all possible ‘select or show menu’ actions for that app (one per macro).

The user could then simply scroll down the list of macros in that group and select the menu actions of interest to him.

Thank you for your time and help

Presumably you could do it. Keyboard Maestro processes the menus and creates the popup menu in the Select or Show Menu action, but that data is not available externally, but presumably you could use JXA or ASObjC and talk to the accessibility API and get the same information and build the macros.

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thank you Peter. If it was a KBM option of add-on, I and probably many others would be ready to pay for it.

Hey Guys,

Perhaps, but a lot of accessibility is unavailable to JXA or to AppleScript (which now includes AppleScriptObjC of course). I’m not familiar enough with the vagaries to say in this case.

In any case it’s possible to do this now in a rather ugly way with System Events.

Run this script from the Script Editor, and you’ll get a bunch of nasty text displayed in TextEdit.

# Auth: Christopher Stone
# dCre: 2017/11/21 21:33
# dMod: 2017/11/21 21:33 
# Appl: Keyboard Maestro, System Events
# Task: Read Entire Contents of Menu Bar 1 of a Named Application
# Libs: None
# Osax: None
# Tags: @Applescript, @Script, @ccstone, @Keyboard_Maestro, @System_Events, @Read, @Entire, @Contents, @Menu, @Bar, @Named, @Application

--» Using the Keyboard Maestro editor as the test app - make sure it's running.
tell application "Keyboard Maestro"
   if not running then
      delay 0.1
   end if
end tell

--» Compile all menu items of the given app.
tell application "System Events"
   tell application process "Keyboard Maestro"
      tell menu bar 1
         set menuBarEntireContents to entire contents
            menuBarEntireContents / 0
         on error eMsg
         end try
      end tell
   end tell
end tell

--» Write the text to a file on the Desktop.
writeUTF8(eMsg, "~/Desktop/ContentsOfMenuBar1.txt")

--» Display the file in TextEdit.
do shell script "open -a TextEdit ~/Desktop/ContentsOfMenuBar1.txt"

on writeUTF8(_text, targetFilePath)
      if targetFilePath starts with "~/" then
         set targetFilePath to POSIX path of (path to home folder as text) & text 3 thru -1 of targetFilePath
      end if
      set fRef to open for access targetFilePath with write permission
      set eof of fRef to 0
      write _text to fRef as «class utf8»
      close access fRef
   on error e number n
         close access fRef
      on error e number n
         error "Error in writeUTF8() handler of library: gen.lib" & return & return & e
      end try
   end try
end writeUTF8

Once you have that text you can clean it up and have all the available menu items.

(That’s a bit of a task though.)

Once you’ve built a parser, you can change the script to work with any app.



thank you very much !
I will look into it.