Queries for whether a specified property should be treated as ambient in the current scope.
Assembly: System.Xaml (in System.Xaml.dll)
Thetype exposes the following members.
The purpose of an ambient property mechanism is to improve parsing time by informing a XAML object writer to avoid instantiating certain objects, in cases where it is known that the objects are for values that are temporary and not useful for a typical run time application. Normally, XAML lookups or XAML processing of a property get accessor would need to instantiate such objects to fill the object graph representation with ready-to-use values.
has one member: IsAmbientPropertyAvailable.
is a parallel mechanism to AmbientAttribute. is the specialized mechanism that avoids using reflection to determine information, and can also act situationally (a given object could choose to report true or false for IsAmbientPropertyAvailable), whereas the attribute is essentially static analysis). AmbientAttribute is the general mechanism that can be used by XAML object writers and that typically correlates to the dedicated XAML type system properties IsAmbient and IsAmbient.
WPF Implementations of IQueryAmbient
In WPF, is used for the resource dictionary lookup process. The lookup process gets successive Resources values throughout the WPF logical tree, working towards the root of the resource scope until either a key is found or the key is determined to not exist in scope. Normally, doing so would require instantiating a ResourceDictionary each time to receive the results. Declaring the contents of Resources as ambient so long as Resources exists optimizes this lookup process. In WPF, this interface is implemented in the following cases:
FrameworkElement implements IQueryAmbient.IsAmbientPropertyAvailable to return true for all property names if it contains an existing ResourceDictionary for Resources, and so long as the query is not for the Resources property itself.
In each of these cases, the relevant Resources property (and Template) are attributed as AmbientAttribute. The typical usage is to query for the properties that are NOT the AmbientAttribute attributed properties of the object that defines the interface. In other words, so long as a resource dictionary exists in order to provide the potential run time value when the object graph is created, any other property besides the resource dictionary's property container can be treated as ambient.