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I am experimenting with the automation of Altair HyperWorks - HyperView.

I used the Au3Info_x64.exe tool to obtain information on a button like control within the application ClassnameNN TkChild130 as a test. I have left the application window open on my desktop.

I then run the following code (this is the entire au3 file):

Opt('MustDeclareVars', 1)
Local $hWnd = WinWaitActive("Untitled - HyperWorks v14.0")
ControlClick ( $hWnd, "", "TkChild130")

I then click on the Altair application (forcing it to become active and tripping the WinWaitActive). As soon as I click the title bar of the application (there are no associated events with this action) I see the control I previously identified as TkChild130 produce a mouse click animation, but the menu system change associated with clicking that control does not happen.

So I know the window handle is correct, and I know the control is the correct ID, but the click event seems to be only partially recognised. I have tried repeating the last line to send 2 consecutive clicks, but there is no change. I can immediately click the control and it provides the menu system update I was expecting.

Is there an issue with interacting with Tk controls? 

I am using this on Win 7 Enterprise, I am not a privileged user (and cannot be).

Thank you in advance.

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I see the mouse-click animation is no different to the mouse-over animation... perhaps only the latter is occurring.

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Apologies for the gentle bump of this. Perhaps I could add to this by asking if anyone has successfully used AutoIt to interact with Tk based controls? i.e. should I give up or invest a little more effort?

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Can you provide a little more information? I'm fairly sure I have already correctly identified the component. I don't wish to use image based selection or click coordinates (although I accept they may be an answer). Are you suggesting I need to use IUIAutomation?

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I tried with simplespy and got the following:


Mouse position is retrieved 2694-939
At least we have an element title: [] class: [TkChild]

Having the following values for all properties: 
Title is: <>    Class   := <TkChild>    controltype:= <UIA_PaneControlTypeId>    ,<50033>    , (0000C371)    2677;931;28;28
*** Parent Information top down ***
2: Title is: <Untitled - HyperWorks v14.0>    Class   := <TkTopLevel>    controltype:= <UIA_WindowControlTypeId>    ,<50032>    , (0000C370)    1911;-9;1938;1218
"Title:=Untitled - HyperWorks v14.0;controltype:=UIA_WindowControlTypeId;class:=TkTopLevel""    
1: Title is: <>    Class   := <TkChild>    controltype:= <UIA_PaneControlTypeId>    ,<50033>    , (0000C371)    1920;52;1920;1148
0: Title is: <>    Class   := <TkChild>    controltype:= <UIA_PaneControlTypeId>    ,<50033>    , (0000C371)    2666;929;349;32

;~ *** Standard code maintainable ***
#include "UIAWrappers.au3"
AutoItSetOption("MustDeclareVars", 1)

_UIA_setVar("oP1","Title:=Untitled - HyperWorks v14.0;controltype:=UIA_WindowControlTypeId;class:=TkTopLevel")    ;Untitled - HyperWorks v14.0
_UIA_setVar("oP2","Title:=;controltype:=UIA_PaneControlTypeId;class:=TkChild")    ;
_UIA_setVar("oP3","Title:=;controltype:=UIA_PaneControlTypeId;class:=TkChild")    ;


;~ Actions split away from logical/technical definition above can come from configfiles 



;~ *** Standard code Flexible***
#include "UIAWrappers.au3"
AutoItSetOption("MustDeclareVars", 1)

Local $oP2=_UIA_getObjectByFindAll($UIA_oDesktop, "Title:=Untitled - HyperWorks v14.0;controltype:=UIA_WindowControlTypeId;class:=TkTopLevel", $treescope_children)    
Local $oP1=_UIA_getObjectByFindAll($oP2, "Title:=;controltype:=UIA_PaneControlTypeId;class:=TkChild", $treescope_children)    
Local $oP0=_UIA_getObjectByFindAll($oP1, "Title:=;controltype:=UIA_PaneControlTypeId;class:=TkChild", $treescope_children)    

*** Detailed properties of the highlighted element ***
UIA_class:= <TkChild>
UIA_regexpclass:= <TkChild>
UIA_iaccessiblechildId:= <0>
UIA_handle:= <6227794>
UIA_RuntimeId:= <42;6227794>
UIA_BoundingRectangle:= <2677;931;28;28>
UIA_ProcessId:= <13028>
UIA_ControlType:= <50033>
UIA_LocalizedControlType:= <pane>
UIA_HasKeyboardFocus:= <False>
UIA_IsKeyboardFocusable:= <True>
UIA_IsEnabled:= <True>
UIA_ClassName:= <TkChild>
UIA_Culture:= <0>
UIA_IsControlElement:= <True>
UIA_IsContentElement:= <True>
UIA_IsPassword:= <False>
UIA_NativeWindowHandle:= <6227794>
UIA_IsOffscreen:= <False>
UIA_Orientation:= <0>
UIA_FrameworkId:= <Win32>
UIA_IsRequiredForForm:= <False>
UIA_IsDockPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsExpandCollapsePatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsGridItemPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsGridPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsInvokePatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsMultipleViewPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsRangeValuePatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsScrollPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsScrollItemPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsSelectionItemPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsSelectionPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsTablePatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsTableItemPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsTextPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsTogglePatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsTransformPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsValuePatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsWindowPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_ValueIsReadOnly:= <True>
UIA_RangeValueValue:= <0>
UIA_RangeValueIsReadOnly:= <True>
UIA_RangeValueMinimum:= <0>
UIA_RangeValueMaximum:= <0>
UIA_RangeValueLargeChange:= <0>
UIA_RangeValueSmallChange:= <0>
UIA_ScrollHorizontalScrollPercent:= <0>
UIA_ScrollHorizontalViewSize:= <100>
UIA_ScrollVerticalScrollPercent:= <0>
UIA_ScrollVerticalViewSize:= <100>
UIA_ScrollHorizontallyScrollable:= <False>
UIA_ScrollVerticallyScrollable:= <False>
UIA_SelectionCanSelectMultiple:= <False>
UIA_SelectionIsSelectionRequired:= <False>
UIA_GridRowCount:= <0>
UIA_GridColumnCount:= <0>
UIA_GridItemRow:= <0>
UIA_GridItemColumn:= <0>
UIA_GridItemRowSpan:= <1>
UIA_GridItemColumnSpan:= <1>
UIA_DockDockPosition:= <5>
UIA_ExpandCollapseExpandCollapseState:= <3>
UIA_MultipleViewCurrentView:= <0>
UIA_WindowCanMaximize:= <False>
UIA_WindowCanMinimize:= <False>
UIA_WindowWindowVisualState:= <0>
UIA_WindowWindowInteractionState:= <0>
UIA_WindowIsModal:= <False>
UIA_WindowIsTopmost:= <False>
UIA_SelectionItemIsSelected:= <False>
UIA_TableRowOrColumnMajor:= <2>
UIA_ToggleToggleState:= <2>
UIA_TransformCanMove:= <False>
UIA_TransformCanResize:= <False>
UIA_TransformCanRotate:= <False>
UIA_IsLegacyIAccessiblePatternAvailable:= <True>
UIA_LegacyIAccessibleChildId:= <0>
UIA_LegacyIAccessibleRole:= <10>
UIA_LegacyIAccessibleState:= <1048576>
UIA_IsDataValidForForm:= <False>
UIA_ProviderDescription:= <[pid:9936,hwnd:0x5F0752 Main:Nested [pid:13028,hwnd:0x5F0752 Annotation(parent link):Microsoft: Annotation Proxy (unmanaged:uiautomationcore.dll); Main:Microsoft: MSAA Proxy (unmanaged:uiautomationcore.dll)]; Hwnd(parent link):Microsoft: HWND Proxy (unmanaged:uiautomationcore.dll)]>
UIA_IsItemContainerPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsVirtualizedItemPatternAvailable:= <False>
UIA_IsSynchronizedInputPatternAvailable:= <False>

Which did not seem to work (notice how the instance of the TkChild is not identified). I tried to run the 'Standard code maintainable' but it failed to parse the line:

_UIA_setVar("oP1","Title:=Untitled - HyperWorks v14.0;controltype:=UIA_WindowControlTypeId;class:=TkTopLevel")

SciTE gives: error: Statement cannot be just an expression. (illegal character)

I did not pursue this further.

A quick search showed me some other unresolved posts regarding working with TkChild widgets... perhaps it is not going to work with AutoIt. After my initial posts I noticed a few things:

1) I was wrong, the button click animation is subtly different to the mouseover animation. ControlClick() is causing a mouse over event.

2) If I MouseClick() at the location (returned by Au3Info_x64.exe) it does work, click animation played and menu updates.

3) If I use ControlGetPos(), it returns some values (correct size), but not correct position (the error is not a scalar of control size), so I can't use ControlGetPos() to drive MouseClick(), which I'm sort of glad about as it seems so ugly. 

Any thoughts?

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Is the proper rectangle highlighted?

If not try inspect.exe or ranorex spy,

If still issues try trial version of testcomplete from smartbear.

Try orca screenreader

Read http://ocemp.sourceforge.net/papidown.html

But seems atk and spi interfaces which are hard to reach when using windows. Tools fot tkwidgets you probably have to write in python

Edited by junkew

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