ContextLink Class

Represents a relationship between two ContextNode objects that is not a parent-child relationship.

Namespace: Microsoft.Ink
Assembly: Microsoft.Ink.Analysis (in

public class ContextLink
public class ContextLink
public class ContextLink
Not applicable.

Examples of the relationship represented by a ContextLink relationship include:

  • A ParagraphNode that is encircled by an InkDrawingNode. A ContextLink object with a is created and added to the Links properties of both the ParagraphNode and the InkDrawingNode. The SourceNode is the InkDrawingNode and the DestinationNode is the ParagraphNode.

  • An AnalysisHintNode and a WritingRegionNode. When an AnalysisHintNode is used in ink analysis, a ContextLink is created between the WritingRegionNode and the AnalysisHintNode. The SourceNode is the AnalysisHintNode and the DestinationNode is the WritingRegionNode.

  • Two InkDrawingNode objects where a line is drawn between them, as in a flow chart.

To determine the relationship between SourceNode and DestinationNode uses the InkDrawingNode.SemanticType or WritingRegionNode.SemanticType property on the appropriate node.

The following example finds all the nodes that are linked to ContextNode node, selectedNode. If selectedNode is not a destination node, the destination node is added to an ArrayList, destinationNodes. If selectedNode is not the source node, it is added to an ArrayList, sourceNodes.

ArrayList destinationNodes = new ArrayList();
ArrayList sourceNodes = new ArrayList();

// Find all the nodes that link to the currently selected node.
foreach (Microsoft.Ink.ContextLink link in selectedNode.Links)
    if (link.DestinationNode != selectedNode)

    if (link.SourceNode != selectedNode)

The following example finds all WritingRegionNode objects in the node tree of an InkAnalyzer, theInkAnalyzerWithHint. It then puts those that are linked to an AnalysisHintNode with a Factoid of "IS_DATE_FULLDATE" into a ContextNodeCollection, writingRegionsWithFactoids.

ContextNodeCollection writingRegionsWithFactoids = 
    new ContextNodeCollection(this.theInkAnalyzerWithHint);
ContextNodeCollection allWritingRegions =
foreach (WritingRegionNode writingRegion in allWritingRegions)
    // See if they are linked to any factoid
    foreach (ContextLink link in writingRegion.Links)
        if (link.SourceNode.Type == ContextNodeType.AnalysisHint)
            AnalysisHintNode hint = (AnalysisHintNode) link.SourceNode;
            if (hint.Factoid == "IS_DATE_FULLDATE")


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 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0

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