UI Automation Support for the Separator Control Type

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This documentation is intended for .NET Framework developers who want to use the managed UI Automation classes defined in the System.Windows.Automation namespace. For the latest information about UI Automation, see Windows Automation API: UI Automation.

This topic provides information about UI Automation support for the Separator 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, and control patterns.

Separator controls are used to visually divide a space into two regions. For example, a separator control can be a bar that defines two panes in a window. If the separator can be moved, the control should be exposed as Thumb in control type.

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

The following table depicts the Control View and the Content View of the UI Automation tree that pertains to separator controls and describes what can be contained in each view. For more information on the UI Automation tree, see UI Automation Tree Overview.

Control ViewContent View
Separator- The Separator control never has content.

The following table lists the UI Automation properties whose value or definition is especially relevant to separator controls. For more information on UI Automation properties, see UI Automation Properties for Clients.

UI Automation PropertyValueNotes
AutomationIdPropertySee notesThe value of this property needs to be unique across all controls in an application.
BoundingRectanglePropertySee notesThe outermost rectangle that contains the whole control.
ClickablePointPropertySee notesSupported 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.
IsKeyboardFocusablePropertySee notesIf the control can receive keyboard focus, it must support this property.
NameProperty""The separator control does not require a NameProperty.
LabeledByPropertynullThe separator control does not have a static label.
ControlTypePropertySeparatorThis value is the same for all UI frameworks.
LocalizedControlTypeProperty"Separator"Localized string corresponding to the Separator control type.
IsContentElementPropertyFalseThe separator control is never content.
IsControlElementPropertyTrueThe separator control must always be a control.

The separator control is not required to support any control patterns.

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

UI Automation EventSupportNotes
BoundingRectangleProperty property-changed eventRequiredNone
IsOffscreenProperty property-changed eventRequiredNone
IsEnabledProperty property-changed eventRequiredNone

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