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ContainerVisual Class

Manages a collection of Visual objects.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

public class ContainerVisual : Visual
<ContainerVisual .../>

The ContainerVisual class is used as a container for a collection of Visual objects. The DrawingVisual class derives from the ContainerVisual class, such that the DrawingVisual class can also contain a collection of visual objects.

The following example shows how to create a ContainerVisual object that is used as the parent for two DrawingVisual objects. Objects that are added to the ContainerVisual object must be added in reverse z-order (bottom to top) to ensure they are rendering in the correct drawing order. In order for the visual tree to be enumerated correctly, the example provides overridden implementations of the GetVisualChild method and VisualChildrenCount property.

// Create a host visual derived from the FrameworkElement class. 
// This class provides layout, event handling, and container support for 
// the child visual objects. 
public class MyContainerVisualHost : FrameworkElement
{
    private ContainerVisual _containerVisual;

    public MyContainerVisualHost(DrawingVisual border, DrawingVisual text)
    {
        // Create a ContainerVisual to hold DrawingVisual children.
        _containerVisual = new ContainerVisual();

        // Add children to ContainerVisual in reverse z-order (bottom to top).
        _containerVisual.Children.Add(border);
        _containerVisual.Children.Add(text);

        // Create parent-child relationship with host visual and ContainerVisual. 
        this.AddVisualChild(_containerVisual);
    }

    // Provide a required override for the VisualChildrenCount property. 
    protected override int VisualChildrenCount
    {
        get { return _containerVisual == null ? 0 : 1; }
    }

    // Provide a required override for the GetVisualChild method. 
    protected override Visual GetVisualChild(int index)
    {
        if (_containerVisual == null)
        {
            throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException();
        }

        return _containerVisual;
    }
}

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0

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