UI Automation Support for the Pane 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 UI Automation support for the Pane 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.

The Pane control type is used to represent an object within a frame or document window. Users can navigate between pane controls and within the contents of the current pane, but cannot navigate between items in different panes. Thus, pane controls represent a level of grouping lower than windows or documents, but above individual controls. The user navigates between panes by pressing TAB, F6, or CTRL+TAB, depending on the context. No specific keyboard navigation is required by the Pane control type.

The following sections define the required UI Automation tree structure, properties, control patterns, and events for the Pane control type. The UI Automation requirements apply to all list 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 pane 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
Pane Pane

Required UI Automation Properties

The following table lists the UI Automation properties whose value or definition is especially relevant to pane controls. For more information on 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.
IsKeyboardFocusableProperty See notes. If the control can receive keyboard focus, it must support this property.
NameProperty See notes. The value for this property must always be a clear, concise and meaningful title.
ClickablePointProperty See notes. This property exposes a clickable point of the pane control that causes the pane to become focused when it is clicked.
LabeledByProperty See notes. Pane controls typically do not have a static label. If there is a static text label, it should be exposed through this property.
ControlTypeProperty Pane This value is the same for all UI frameworks.
LocalizedControlTypeProperty "pane" Localized string corresponding to the Pane control type.
IsContentElementProperty True Pane controls are always included in the content view of the UI Automation tree.
IsControlElementProperty True Pane controls are always included in the control view of the UI Automation tree.
HelpTextProperty "" The help text for pane controls should explain why the purpose of the frame and how it relates to other frames. A description is necessary if the purpose and relationship of frames is not clear from the value of the NameProperty. "
AccessKeyProperty See notes. If a specific key combination gives focus to the pane then that information should be exposed through this property.

Required UI Automation Control Patterns

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

Control Pattern Support Notes
ITransformProvider Depends Implement this control pattern if the pane control can be moved, resized, or rotated on the screen.
IWindowProvider Never If you need to implement this control pattern, your control should be based on the Window control type.
IDockProvider Depends Implement this control pattern if the pane control can be docked.
IScrollProvider Depends Implement this control pattern if the pane control can be scrolled.

Required UI Automation Events

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

UI Automation Event Support/Value Notes
WindowClosedEvent Never None
WindowOpenedEvent Never None
AsyncContentLoadedEvent Required None
BoundingRectangleProperty property-changed event. Required None
IsOffscreenProperty property-changed event. Required None
IsEnabledProperty property-changed event. Required None
HorizontallyScrollableProperty property-changed event. Depends None
HorizontalScrollPercentProperty property-changed event. Depends None
HorizontalViewSizeProperty property-changed event. Depends None
VerticalScrollPercentProperty property-changed event. Depends None
VerticallyScrollableProperty property-changed event. Depends None
VerticalViewSizeProperty property-changed event. Depends None
WindowVisualStateProperty property-changed event. Never None
AutomationFocusChangedEvent Required None
StructureChangedEvent Required None

Pane Control Type Example

The following image illustrates a control that implements the Pane control type.

Screenshot of applet window with two panes

UI Automation Tree - Control View UI Automation Tree - Content View
  • Pane
  • Tree (Scroll Pattern)

    • TreeItem
    • Pane
    • Edit (Scroll Pattern
- Pane
- Tree (Scroll Pattern)
- TreeItem
- …Pane
- Edit
- (Scroll Pattern)

See Also

Pane
UI Automation Control Types Overview
UI Automation Overview