MappingRecognizeText function

Calls upon an ELS service to recognize text. For example, the Microsoft Language Detection service will attempt to recognize the language in which the input text is written.


HRESULT MappingRecognizeText(
  _In_     PMAPPING_SERVICE_INFO pServiceInfo,
  _In_     LPCWSTR               pszText,
  _In_     DWORD                 dwLength,
  _In_     DWORD                 dwIndex,
  _In_opt_ PMAPPING_OPTIONS      pOptions,


pServiceInfo [in]

Pointer to a MAPPING_SERVICE_INFO structure containing information about the service to use in text recognition. The structure must be one of the structures retrieved by a previous call to MappingGetServices. This parameter cannot be set to NULL.

pszText [in]

Pointer to the text to recognize. The text must be UTF-16, but some services have additional requirements for the input format. This parameter cannot be set to NULL.

dwLength [in]

Length, in characters, of the text specified in pszText.

dwIndex [in]

Index inside the specified text to be used by the service. This value should be between 0 and dwLength-1. If the application wants to process the entire text, it should set this parameter to 0.

pOptions [in, optional]

Pointer to a MAPPING_OPTIONS structure containing options that affect the result and behavior of text recognition. The application does not have to specify values for all structure members. This parameter can be set to NULL to use the default mapping options.

pBag [in, out]

Pointer to a MAPPING_PROPERTY_BAG structure in which the service stores its results. On input, the application passes a structure with only the size provided, and the other members set to 0. On output, the structure is filled with information produced by the service during text recognition. This parameter cannot be set to NULL.

Return value

Returns S_OK if successful. The function returns an error HRESULT value if it does not succeed.


The type of text to recognize depends on the service type used by the application. For more information, see Requesting Text Recognition.

Warning  The data referred to by pszText and pOptions must remain valid until the property bag structure passed by pBag is freed via MappingFreePropertyBag. This is because both synchronous and asynchronous calls to MappingRecognizeText and MappingDoAction will attempt to use the data passed to the initial call to MappingRecognizeText.


Minimum supported client

Windows 7 [desktop apps | Windows Store apps]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2008 R2 [desktop apps | Windows Store apps]







See also

Extended Linguistic Services
Extended Linguistic Services Functions
Requesting Text Recognition