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rodent1
Hello everyone. 
I am trying to automate a program that's written using "widgets". It has controls that don't work well with the AutoIt Window Info app, or with spy. For example, one control is of class wxWindowClassNR28, and its text property is "wxlistctrlcolumntitles". The actual displayed text is empty.
It seems to be drawn inside of a control of class "wxWindowClassNR" with text property "CNOwnerDrawSplitterWindow". There are many layered controls. When I use the _WinAPI_GetWindow command to get the children, I have no idea what child control I have from the text or the class name, and since not all of the children are visible or on top, the best I have been able to do is get their coordinates, do a screen capture at the coordinates, use OCR and hope to have it match something I expect. I need a better way. I have tried Junkew's IUIAutomation framework, but did not get anywhere.
I need new ideas.
Has anyone been successful using Autoit on this type of controls?
In case someone is familiar with this, the program is a printing application called CWS.exe, "command work station".
 
Thanks!

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junkew

Not sure but it looks like it supports accessibility

http://docs.wxwidgets.org/trunk/classwx_window.html

wxAccessible *  GetAccessible ()  

Returns the accessible object for this window, if any. 

http://docs.wxwidgets.org/trunk/classwx_accessible.html

as such it should be possible to get working with IUIAutomation

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rodent1

OK, I looked at the pages, and you're right, it seems to support accessibility. But I have no idea where to begin to use wxaccessible with IUIAutomation. Any thoughts?

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rodent1

OK, I attached spy capture.zip. It has 2 screenshots and a text file. 

1- cws tabs.jpg shows the app UI, and 2 tabs are circled. I want to be able to select one of those tabs.

2- "cws tabs seen by spy.jpg" shows what is selected when I park the mouse on one of the tabs.

Both tabs are drawn inside the same rectangle, and the rectangle extends farther to the right.

3- spy capture.txt contains all the text that spy demo displayed when it captured all the data about what was selected in "cws tabs seen by spy.jpg"

I work with languages. I'd like to automate capturing strings and comparing them to spreadsheets to make sure the correct translated strings were used in the right place.

So this is what I'd like to do for the beginning:

1- click on the Device Center tab. Expected result: the Device Center tab should be selected, and sub tabs should be displayed.

2- capture the text for each of the sub tabs so I can do my comparisons etc. 

Thanks!

spy capture.zip

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LarsJ

In the 2-picture it seems as if you have selected the entire tab control with the Spy tool.

Are you able to select a single tab e.g. Device Center? You should see a red border only around the "Device Center" text. If you are able to do that, will you copy the information from the Spy tool to a code/text box.

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rodent1

I can't select anything smaller than the selection you see in the screenshot. It's the same with the autoit tool.

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junkew

I looked on the internet for some wxWidget demo.

I used that to see what the simple spy is recognizing and apparently it detects all wxWidget.

See this link

ftp://biolpc22.york.ac.uk/pub/binary/wxWidgets-WidgetsDemo-Windows.zip

maybe AxTK is a direction: AxTk could stimulate work and ideas on a better accessibility approach within wxWidgets itself!

I also tried Audacity and in general I can recognize a lot (although not everything) with the simple spy

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/?lang=en

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