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Image Control Type

This topic provides information about Microsoft UI Automation support for the Image control type.

Image controls used as icons, informational graphics, and charts will support the Image control type. Controls used as background or watermark images will not support the Image control type.

The following sections define the required UI Automation tree structure, properties, control patterns, and events for the Image control type. The UI Automation requirements apply to all image controls where the UI framework/platform integrates UI Automation support for control types and control patterns.

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Typical Tree Structure

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

Control ViewContent View
  • Image

 

Relevant Properties

The following table lists the UI Automation properties whose value or definition is especially relevant to the image controls. For more information about UI Automation properties, see Retrieving Properties from UI Automation Elements.

UI Automation PropertyValueNotes
UIA_AutomationIdPropertyIdSee notes.The value of this property must be unique among all peer elements in the raw view of the UI Automation tree.
UIA_BoundingRectanglePropertyIdSee notes.The outermost rectangle that contains the whole control.
UIA_ClickablePointPropertyIdSee notes.The image control's clickable point must be a point within the bounding rectangle of the image control.
UIA_ControlTypePropertyIdImage
UIA_HelpTextPropertyIdSee notes.The HelpText property exposes a localized string which describes the actual visual appearance of the control or other tooltip information associated with the image.

This property must be supported when a long description is needed to convey more information about the image control (for example, if the image is a complicated chart or diagram). This property maps to the HTML LongDesc tag and the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Desc tag. Developers working with image controls must support a property to allow the visual description to be set on the control. This property must be mapped to the UI Automation VisualDescription property.

UIA_IsContentElementPropertyIdSee notes.The image control must be included in the content view of the UI Automation tree when it contains meaningful information not already exposed to the end user.
UIA_IsControlElementPropertyIdTRUEThe image control is always included in the control view of the UI Automation tree.
UIA_IsKeyboardFocusablePropertyIdSee notes.If the control can receive keyboard focus, it must support this property.
UIA_ItemStatusPropertyIdSee notes.If the image control represents state information about a particular item on the screen, the control should be contained within the item. When the image is contained within an item, the item must support the status property and raise appropriate notifications when the status changes.

If an image is a standalone control and is conveying status this property must be supported.

UIA_LabeledByPropertyIdSee notes.If there is a static text label, this property must expose a reference to that control.
UIA_LocalizedControlTypePropertyIdSee notes.Localized string corresponding to the Image control type. The default value is "image" for en-US or English (United States).
UIA_NamePropertyIdSee notes.The Name property must be exposed for all image controls that contain information. Programmatic access to this information requires that a textual equivalent to the graphic be provided. If the image control is purely decorative, it must only show up in the control view of the UI Automation tree and is not required to have a name. UI frameworks must support an ALT or alternate text property on images that can be set from within their framework. This property will then map to the UI Automation Name property.

 

Required Control Patterns

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

Control PatternSupportNotes
IGridItemProvider DependsThe image control supports the GridItem control pattern if the control is within a grid container.
IInvokeProvider NeverIf the image control is a clickable object, the control should support a control type that supports the Invoke control pattern, such as the Button control type. For an image object that contains multiple clickable objects, the element (Image control type) may host child links (Hyperlink control type) in the UI Automation tree.
ISelectionItemProvider NeverImage controls should not support the SelectionItem control pattern. If images are part of a container that is selectable such as a button that has an image icon as content, that container supports the pattern, not the image within.
ITableItemProvider DependsThe image control supports the TableItem control pattern if the control is within a container that has header controls.

 

Required Events

The following table lists the UI Automation events that image controls are required to support. For more information on events, see UI Automation Events Overview.

UI Automation EventNotes
UIA_AutomationFocusChangedEventId
UIA_BoundingRectanglePropertyId property-changed event.
UIA_IsEnabledPropertyId property-changed event.If the control supports the IsEnabled property, it must support this event.
UIA_IsOffscreenPropertyId property-changed event.If the control supports the IsOffscreen property, it must support this event.
UIA_ItemStatusPropertyId property-changed event.If the control supports the ItemStatus property, it must support this event.
UIA_NamePropertyId property-changed event.
UIA_StructureChangedEventId

 

Related topics

Conceptual
UI Automation Control Types Overview
UI Automation Overview

 

 

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