This document describes the details of the programming interface for accessing USB devices and USB interfaces from code running in User Space. This document assumes that you have a basic understanding of the material contained in the document Accessing Hardware From Applications (available at http://developer.apple.com/techpubs/macosx/Darwin/General/AccessingHardware/index.html.) For definitions of I/O Kit terms used in this document, such as matching dictionary, family, and driver, see the overview of I/O Kit terms and concepts in the "I/O Kit Hardware Access" chapter of Accessing Hardware From Applications.
This document also assumes that you have read the document Working with USB Device Interfaces (available at http://developer.apple.com/techpubs/macosx/Darwin/IOKit/DeviceInterfaces/USB/USBBook/USBDeviceInterfaces/). Please review that document before trying to use this reference.
All of the information described in this document is contained in the header file IOUSBLib.h found at /System/Library/Frameworks/IOKit.framework/Headers/usb/IOUSBLib.h.
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