[IronPython] UI Automation: Wrong values for ControlType, AutomationElementID and more. IronPython 2.6.1

yngipy hernan yngipy at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 03:25:45 CEST 2010

I have been playing around UI Automation and IronPython for several days
now. My impression is that they don't play each other well. Or maybe I
missed something.

I am trying to dig deeper to understand why.....

Probably this issue is not fixed yet?

On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 3:32 AM, Stanger, Wolfram <
Wolfram.Stanger at kratzer-automation.com> wrote:

>  Hello to all,
> over many years I have forced to implement a test automation scenerie in
> our company.
> Now they will do it and - who hat thougth that - I've got the job! And I
> had to bring the job to success!
> My Environment:
> ------------------------
> I've succesfully presented a test automation solution only build from Internet-Software.
> It includes:
> Keyword-Driven Tables in HTML (done with Winword)
>                                   !
>                            Python 2.6
>                                   !
>                       Robot-Framework
>                        !                      !
>              ApplTestlib.py    SeleniumLibrary
>                       !                         !
>               pyWinAuto       WEB-AppToTest
>                       !
>          WIN32-AppToTest
> Later we will embed the solution in a QAtrac process.
> Now it's time to test automate GUIs build from Windows-Forms and WPF too.
> First I switched Python 2.6 to IronPython 2.6[and 2.6.1 RC1] and got only
> one, but 'very magic', bug in Robot-Framework when creating the
> HTML-Report-File.
> Second I'm switched the pyWinAuto-Layer to Miscrosoft UI Automation (.NET
> >= 3.0) to support all GUI-Frameworks (WIN32, WINFORMS and WPF)
> I. In IronPython all UI Automation values ControlTypePropertys (w/o the
> window itself) where Type 'panel'.  Other values are also not the same as
> you can see
> with UISpy or UIA Verify (Tool from Codeplex 'white'-Project). The
> AutomationIDs has the values from NativeWindowHandles (unique - but never
> the same from run to run!).
> Only the NamePropertys are OK but often empty (when control has no text
> content yet).
> II. All Controls in the window title (titlebar, menubar, menuitems, and
> min-, max- and close-Button) where completely hidden in Automation-Tree
> (I've tested with Raw-, Control- and ContentViews)! These eight controls are
> from IronPython-UI Automation not reachable. This may be a consequence from
> point I. above.
> In this situation it's unpossible for me to identify Controls in the
> application to automate!
>  I have found, I run in exactly the same problems witch where reported
> from Jozef in November 2009:
> http://lists.ironpython.com/pipermail/users-ironpython.com/2009-November/011583.html
> and heself stated a own solution in
> http://lists.ironpython.com/pipermail/users-ironpython.com/2009-November/011630.html
> The solution reads:
> 'Thanks for your response.
> Solution to my problem is to first instantiate AutomationElement from dll,
> not from IronPython.
> Then all subsequent AutomationElement retrieved from IronPython looks ok.'
> About 30 years I have programmed in ANSI-C (Same SW on Windows,VMS, Linux,
> etc.) but now being a newbie to C#, .NET and Python.
> Therefore I should have an (syntax-)example for the expression:
>     'to first instantiate AutomationElement from dll'
> Witch DLL (Own written, .NET-DLL. ??)
> How to instantiate in C#?
> How to transport the AutomationElement to IronPython?
> The best will be if jozef.a... will give me some example lines of code from
> his solution in nov 2009 in C# and/or Python. Thanks.
> Greetings
> Wolfram
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