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UI Automation Support for the Button Control Type
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UI Automation Support for the Button Control Type

This topic provides information about UI Automation support for the Button control type. In UI Automation, a control type is a set of conditions that a control must meet in order to use the ControlTypeProperty property. The conditions include specific guidelines for UI Automation tree structure, UI Automation property values, control patterns, and UI Automation events.

A button is an object that a user interacts with to perform an action such as the OK and Cancel buttons on a dialog box. The button control is a simple control to expose because it maps to a single command that the user wishes to complete.

The following sections define the required UI Automation tree structure, properties, control patterns, and events for the Button control type. The UI Automation requirements apply to all button controls, whether Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Win32, or Windows Forms.

This topic contains the following sections.

Required UI Automation Tree Structure

The following table depicts the control view and the content view of the UI Automation tree that pertains to button controls and describes what can be contained in each view. For more information about the UI Automation tree, see UI Automation Tree Overview.

Control View Content View
  • Button

  • Image (0 or more)

  • Text (0 or more)

  • Button

Required UI Automation Properties

The following table lists the UI Automation properties whose value or definition is especially relevant to the controls that implement the Button control type (such as button controls). For more information about UI Automation properties, see UI Automation Properties for Clients.

UI Automation Property Value Notes

AcceleratorKeyProperty

See notes.

The Button control typically must support an accelerator key to enable an end user to perform the action it represents quickly from the keyboard.

AutomationIdProperty

See notes.

The value of this property needs to be unique across all controls in an application.

BoundingRectangleProperty

See notes.

The outermost rectangle that contains the whole control.

ClickablePointProperty

See notes.

Supported if there is a bounding rectangle. If not every point within the bounding rectangle is clickable, and you perform specialized hit testing, then override and provide a clickable point.

ControlTypeProperty

Button

This value is the same for all UI frameworks.

HelpTextProperty

See notes.

The Help Text should indicate what the end result of activating the button will be. This information must be exposed through a ToolTip.

IsContentElementProperty

True

The Button control must always be content.

IsControlElementProperty

True

The Button control must always be a control.

IsKeyboardFocusableProperty

See notes.

If the control can receive keyboard focus, it must support this property.

LabeledByProperty

Null

Button controls are self-labeled by their contents.

LocalizedControlTypeProperty

"button"

Localized string corresponding to the Button control type.

NameProperty

See notes.

The name of the button control is the text that is used to label it. Whenever an image is used to label a button, alternate text must be supplied for the button's Name property.

Required UI Automation Control Patterns

The following table lists the UI Automation control patterns required to be supported by all button controls. For more information on control patterns, see UI Automation Control Patterns Overview.

Control Pattern/Pattern Property Support/Value Notes

IInvokeProvider

See notes.

All buttons must support the Invoke control pattern or the Toggle control pattern. Invoke is supported when the button performs a command at the request of the user. This command maps to a single operation such as Cut, Copy, Paste, or Delete.

IToggleProvider

See notes.

All buttons must support the Invoke control pattern or the Toggle control pattern. Toggle is supported if the button can be cycled through a series of up to three states. Typically this is seen as an on/off switch for specific features.

Required UI Automation Events

The following table lists the UI Automation events required to be supported by all button controls. For more information on events, see UI Automation Events Overview.

UI Automation Event Support Notes

AutomationFocusChangedEvent

Required

None

BoundingRectangleProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

IsOffscreenProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

IsEnabledProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

NameProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

StructureChangedEvent

Required

None

InvokedEvent

Depends

If the control supports the Invoke control pattern, it must support this event.

ToggleStateProperty property-changed event.

Depends

If the control supports the Toggle control pattern, it must support this event.

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