Automate Applescript via Accessibility Description
While automating a few tasks I do frequently it became apparent that many apps do not title their UI elements. This makes it more of a trial and error process to figure out which button is where.
This leads to script that is not very descriptive:
tell application "System Events" tell process "zoom.us" click button 3 of window 0 end tell end tell
I've always wanted to reference elements by their label or utilize accessibility attributes if they are available but could never figure out how.
I finally have!
tell application "System Events" tell process "zoom.us" click (first button where its accessibility description = "Copy Invite Link") of window 0 end tell end tell
This is obviously a bit more verbose but infinitly more descriptive when looking back at what a script is doing.
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