Initializing, Creating and Freeing Automation Handles

LEADTOOLS accesses automation through the AUTOMATIONHANDLE structure. This structure provides a working area for the LEADTOOLS automation functions. This automation handle must be initialized before calling any of the automation functions. This is done using the L_AutInit function. The following example shows how to initialize the Automation handle:

/*Automation handle variable*/ 
pAUTOMATIONHANDLE pAutomation; 
/* initiate the Automation */ 
L_AutInit(pAutomation); 

After initializing an Automation handle, the user must create the automation handle, based on the type of automation handle needed. To create a vector automation handle, call L_AutCreate with the nMode parameter set to AUTOMATION_MODE_VECTOR.

When the AUTOMATIONHANDLE structure is no longer needed, it should be freed using the L_AutFree function. The following is an example that shows how to free an automation handle:

if (SUCCESS == L_AutIsValid(pAutomation)) /* check the validity of the Automation handle */ 
{ 
   /* free the Automation handle */ 
   L_AutFree(pAutomation); 
   return SUCCESS; 
} 

An automation handle is valid only after L_AutInit and L_AutCreate have been called. The validity of an automation handle should be checked before calling any other automation functions. This is done using L_AutIsValid.

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