Apple Bug Friday! 51

2007-03-16 23:05:40 UTC

This bug is System-wide AXUIElement’s role desc is “need to implement”. It was filed on 2007-03-09 at 13:39 PST.


Summary:

Asking the role description of the system-wide AXUIElement always gets the string “need to implement”.

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Create the system-wide AXUIElement using AXUIElementCreateSystemWide.
  2. Copy its role description by passing the AXUIElement from step 1, and kAXRoleDescriptionAttribute, to AXUIElementCopyAttributeValue.

Expected Results:

The variable to which you directed the output of AXUIElementCopyAttributeValue accurately describes the role of the system-wide AXUIElement (which role, for easy reference, is “AXSystemWide”).

Actual Results:

The variable contains the string “needs to implement”, seemingly unconditionally.

Regression:

None known. This has existed in at least several Tiger versions (possibly all of them), but I’ve never tried it in Panther.

Notes:

The docs for kAXRoleDescriptionAttribute say that it is localized, so I tried changing my preferred language in the International pane of System Preferences and re-running the test case. It still says “need to implement”.

A test case is included. Simply hit ⌘R in Xcode; the output will appear in the Run Log. If you prefer to not use Xcode, type this into a Terminal (all one line):

xcodebuild && build/*/AXSystemUIElementRoleDescTest


The test case is AXSystemUIElementRoleDescTest.tbz.

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