IE page which is consisted of some frames.

Feb 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Hi everyone. I’d like to automate an IE page which is consisted of some iframes. I tried to figure it out, but I didn’t know what kind of commands combination is correct.

Get-UiaWindow -Class 'IEFrame' -Name 'Title - Internet Explorer' | Get-UiaPane -Class 'Frame Tab' |
Get-UiaPane -Class 'TabWindowClass' -Name 'Title - Internet Explorer' | Get-UiaPane -Class 'Shell DocObject View' |
Get-UiaPane -Class 'Internet Explorer_Server' -Name 'Title'

After above, I tried to put Get-UiaCustom, Get-UiaWindows, and Get-UiaPane. But I don’t know which combination is correct to recognize the iframes. Any kind of help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Feb 18, 2014 at 5:49 AM
unfortunately, what can be get via hovering over by the mouse (AutomationElement.FromPoint()), not always available via search (AutomationElement.FindAll()). IE is a good example, I mean a good bad example. Try Firefox instead.
I failed to get even iframes in IE, oppositely in FF not only iframes themselves are available, but their internal elements available too. Slowly, but available.

assuming that you've downloaded these files (that have been made from w3schools's samples)
file1, file2, file3, put them in a folder and run the firt in FF:
$lists = Get-UiaWindow -Class 'MozillaWindowClass' -Name 'Mozilla Firefox' | `
Get-UiaDocument -Name '*iframe*' | `
Get-UiaDocument -Name '*frameContent1*' | `

$lists | Read-UiaControlName;
$lists | Read-UiaControlAutomationId;
$lists | Read-UiaControlClass;

$edits = Get-UiaWindow -Class 'MozillaWindowClass' -Name 'Mozilla Firefox' | `
Get-UiaDocument -Name '*iframe*' | `
Get-UiaDocument -Name '*frameContent2*' | `

$edits | Read-UiaControlName;
$edits | Read-UiaControlAutomationId;
$edits | Read-UiaControlClass;
Not so bad? In the first frame, there are 5 lists. The happiness stops here: they are and elements below don't have names, automationIds, classnames, only type.
In the second frame, there are 3 edit and 4 labels, UIAutomation counts them as 7 edits. This means that you need to navigate among them a-la "next sibling", "first child", etc.

Totals: IE seems to be a very poor choice, there is little chance to get it working. FF looks promising, though it also requires hard work and patience.
Feb 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM
Hi, thank you for taking your time. I'll try it later.