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Abbreviations & Terms

The following are a list of commonly used abbreviations and terms:



TermMeaning
ActionThe term used for a Yate script or program.
Action FileThe term used to describe an action which is a container. These actions are listed in the Action Manager.
Action Runtime SettingA setting or option for an action which is persistant and can be read and written by Actions. They are usually used as configuration options for actions.
APE TagsThe tag representation used by Monkey's Audio (APE) and WavPack files.
Action Test StateA true or false flag which is set by various action statements and can be tested by others to control the flow of execution.
AtomsThe low level representation of metadata in MPEG-4 files.
BoxesSame as Atoms.
CCEThe Combined Credits Editor.
CommentA Comment is a multi-line user definable text based metadata field. There is a default comment recognized by most applications and named comments. Comment is also used to refer to an item of metadata in FLAC and OGG files.
Context MenuA menu typically displayed on Mac by clicking a mouse with the Control key depressed or by doing a right click. Context menus display functions appropriate for the current context. Yate uses context menus extensively.
CreditA metadata field which assigns roles to people.
CSVComma Separated Values. A delimited text file typically used to encapsulate data in a database representation.
Cue Sheet (Single File)A text file describing the position of tracks contained in a single audio file. Typically the audio file was created by a CD ripper. The cue sheet is required so that players can determine where each track starts.
Cue Sheet (Multiple Files)A text file describing limited metadata for multiple audio files in a cue sheet format. As each described audio track typically has a start at the beginning timing index, there is no inherent necessity for the file.
Custom FieldA metadata field which has been user defined. Yate supports 100 Custom Fields.
Database FileAn external file which can be loaded and manipulated by Yate. Yate supports CSV and TSV text files. Many applications support these formats.
Query DatabaseA Database open for querying in an action has per cell addressability.
Edit PanelA grouping of a set of controls displaying fields within Audio files. There are 24 built in edit panels and 10 Custom edit panels which are user configurable.
Edit Panel Preset ButtonThere ae 10 edit panel preset buttons which are used to switch the current editing panel.
Exception SetA named list of items specifying words and exceptions to case transformations.
Export SetA named list of fields which can be used when producing database files.
FieldAn item of metadata available in an audio file or a tagger.
FLAC CommentSame as Vorbis Comment
FLAC/OGG CommentSame as Vorbis Comment
FrameAn item of metadata available in audio files which store their metadata according to the ID3 specifications.
ID3The ID3 specifications define a metadata container. The ID3 specification is used in AIFF, DFF, DFS, MP3 and WAV files. Note that the ID3 container is not a file format. It is embedded in an audio file.
Inline ActionAn action which is embedded in an Action File.
Key-Value ListsKey-Value Lists are a pseudo action datatype. They are an interpretation of text in a string such that elements consisting of a key and a value are separated by an implied or explicit delimiter.
ListsLists are a pseudo action datatype. They are an interpretation of text in a string such that elements are separated by an implied or explicit delimiter. Not to be confused with Preference Lists.
MFEThe Multi Field Editor.
MPEG-4 ContainerAn audio file format used by M4A, M4B, M4V, and MP4 files.
Named VariablesVariables which are unique and have no per track association. The values in these variables are only available while running an action.
Normalized UDTIA name used by Yate to represent common UDTIs which have different names in different audio formats. Yate handles the appropriate transformations when reading and writing the values.
OGG ContainerAn audio file format used to contain various types of audio streams. Yate supports Ogg Vorbis and Opus files.
Open ModeThe Open Mode determines how Yate opens items and in some cases changes the operation of certain functions. More information can be found The Open Mode
Persistent IDA Persistent ID is an identifier describing the location of an audio or video file in iTunes/Music/TV. The ID is a sequence of hexadecimal digits. Yate prefixes a Music PID with an M and a TV PID with a V.
PIDAn abbreviation for Persistent ID.
plist Fileplist (Property List) files are XML files which are essentially dictionaries containing keys and values. Yate uses these files whenever its exports data.
Preference ListsThere are 13 Lists of data which can be automatically and manually set by Yate. These lists are persistent and include Artist, Composer, Genre and others. There are also 5 available Custom Lists. Lists are typically associated with various UI fields to provide popup information and auto-type capability. A list is also an action construct. An action list is a text field which is delimited by a specified or assumed delimiter. There are various action statements to manipulate lists in a variety of ways.
Query DatabaseA Database open for querying in an action has per cell addressability.
Replacement SetA named list of items specifying a from and to pattern. Replacement sets are typically used with renaming and case transformations. As they may be read at runtime, they are sometimes used to store fixed data for actions.
Staging Playlist>A Yate database file used to accumulate tracks for inclusion in an audio playlist.
System VariablesVariables which are unique and have no per track association. There are 10 System Variables. The values in these variables persist when the application is closed.
Tag SetA collection of fields which can be selected or deselected. A set can be marked as being inverted which implies all fields except the selected fields. Tag sets can be programmatically read and modified.
Track VariablesThere are 16 Track Variables available in every audio file named Variable 0 through Variable 15. The values in these variables are only available while running an action.
TSVTab Separated Values. A delimited text file typically used to encapsulate data in a database representation.
UD TextSame as UDTI.
UDTIAbbreviation for User Defined Text Information Item.
UD URLSame as UDURL.
UDURLAbbreviation for User Defined URL.
UFIDAbbreviation for Unique File Identifier.
UIDAbbreviation for Unique Identifier.
VariablesWhen not qualified by Track, System or Named, a Track Variable is assumed.
Vorbis CommentThe low level representation of metadata used by FLAC and OGG files. Unlike Frames and Atoms, Vorbis Comments are case insensitive and are typically represented in upper case characters.