UI Automation Support for the CheckBox Control Type

Note

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 Microsoft UI Automation support for the CheckBox 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.

A check box is an object used to indicate a state that users can interact with to cycle through that state. Check boxes either present a binary (Yes/No), (On/Off), or tertiary (On, Off, Indeterminate) option to the user.

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

Required UI Automation Tree Structure

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

Control View Content View
CheckBox CheckBox
Note

Check boxes never have child elements in the control or content view. If the control does need to contain child elements this indicates that another control type should be used.

Required UI Automation Properties

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

UI Automation Property Value Notes
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 CheckBox This value is the same for all UI frameworks.
IsContentElementProperty True The value of this property must always be True. This means that the check box control must always be included in the content view of the UI Automation tree.
IsControlElementProperty True The value of this property must always be True. This means that the check box control must always be included in the control view of the UI Automation tree.
IsKeyboardFocusableProperty See notes. If the control can receive keyboard focus, it must support this property.
LabeledByProperty Null Check boxes are self-labeling controls.
LocalizedControlTypeProperty "check box" Localized string corresponding to the CheckBox control type.
NameProperty See notes. The value of the check box control's Name property is the text that is displayed beside the box that maintains the toggle state.

Required UI Automation Control Patterns

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

Control Pattern Support Notes
IToggleProvider Required Allows the check box to be cycled through its internal states programmatically.

Required UI Automation Events

The following table lists the UI Automation events required to be supported by all check box controls. For more information about 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
StructureChangedEvent Required None
ToggleStateProperty property-changed event. Required None

Default Action

The default action of the check box is to cause a radio button to become focused and toggle its current state. As mentioned previously, check boxes either present a binary (Yes/No) (On/Off) decision to the user or a tertiary (On, Off, Indeterminate). If the check box is binary the default action causes the "on" state to become "off" or the "off" state to become "on". In a tertiary state check box the default action cycles through the states of the check box in the same order as if the user had sent successive mouse clicks to the control.

See Also

CheckBox
UI Automation Control Types Overview
UI Automation Overview