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GetEntityState Method (IAttribute)

Returns the state of the associated entity.

.NET Syntax

Visual Basic (Declaration) 
Function GetEntityState( _
   ByVal WhichState As System.Integer _
) As System.Boolean
Visual Basic (Usage) 
Dim instance As IAttribute
Dim WhichState As System.Integer
Dim value As System.Boolean
value = instance.GetEntityState(WhichState)
System.bool GetEntityState( 
   System.int WhichState
System.bool GetEntityState( 
&   System.int WhichState



Entity state are defined in swAssociatedEntityStates_e

Return Value

True if the query state matches WhichState, false if not



If the attribute is not associated to any entity (that is, it is associated to the document), all queries return false.

The WhichState argument can take any of the values in the swAssociatedEntityStates_e, where:

  • swIsEntityInvalid is a general query. It returns true when the associated entity is not valid due to a suppression or modeling operation.
  • swIsEntitySuppressed is a more specific query. It returns true only if the associated entity is not valid due to a suppression.

IAttribute::GetEntity and IAttribute::IGetEntity2 return Nothing or null when the attribute is associated with:

  • document
  • invalid entity
  • suppressed entity

For example, if an attribute is applied to a face on a boss feature and then that boss feature is suppressed, your application might make the following calls:

  • IAttribute::GetEntity - Returns Nothing or null
  • IAttribute::GetEntityState(swIsEntityInvalid) - Returns true to indicate possibly a suppressed or deleted entity
  • IAttribute::GetEntityState(swIsEntitySuppressed) - Returns true to indicate that the entity is currently suppressed

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