Interface Windows Reference
Messenger Plus! Live - Scripting Documentation
Interface files are used to display windows in your script, they act like
resource files adapted for Messenger. They are not particularly complicated to
understand, however, they contain a lot of different kinds of objects and
attributes and some of them will not even be of any use to your scripts. The end
result will be worth the trouble though as you won't need to create external
DLLs to display your windows and you'll benefit from the current look of Windows
Live Messenger as well as possible future updates. Your script will be
guaranteed to appear just like any other Messenger Plus! window.
The Schema file for Interface Windows can
be temporarily placed in your script's directory to validate your XML files. However,
the schema must not be redistributed with your script (it would only be
dead weight anyway). Here is how to write the first element of your XML file to
make your XML editor aware of the schema file:
It is good practice to always link your xml files to their respective schemas
to prevent any possible run time error caused by an error in your XML. XML files
tend to grow rapidly and you'll soon be thankful for the validation layer
brought by the schema file.
The best examples you can get for interface window files are probably the
windows of Messenger Plus! itself. Those files can easily be extracted with a
resource viewer tool such as
Resource Tuner. Just open the "MsgPlusLiveRes.dll" file you'll find in the
main directory of Messenger Plus! (by default: "C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus!
Live") and get the files from the "Interfaces" section. It is important to
remember that the interface files were created for both Messenger Plus!
and the scripting system. This means that some attributes or elements may prove
to be useless for your scripts. Additional support for
missing pieces are added on a per-request basis.
If your XML Editor does not come with graphical browsing of the schema file,
you can view a documentation generated by
in the Interface Windows Schema
Documentation (some information may be missing in this documentation). Some elements of the file are also explained in details in
Windows for your Script.
Window Schema File,