7.4 Adding HII Packages Feature

HII packages provide strings, fonts, and forms that allow users (such as IT administrators) to change the configuration of UEFI managed devices. These HII packages are required only if a driver must provide the ability for a user to change configuration settings for a device. A UEFI Driver registers HII packages in the HII Database.

The Image Services and the Human Interface Infrastructure Overview sections of the UEFI Specification define a method for HII packages associated with a UEFI Driver to be automatically installed as a protocol on ImageHandle when the UEFI Driver is loaded using the UEFI Boot Service LoadImage(). The HII packages are stored in a resource section of the PE/COFF image. The driver entry point of a UEFI Driver is responsible for looking up the HII Package List on ImageHandle and registering that list of HII packages into the HII Database. The example below shows an example of a driver entry point that performs such a registration process.

Example 95-HII Packages feature

#include <Uefi.h>
#include <Protocol/HiiDatabase.h>
#include <Protocol/HiiPackageList.h>
#include <Library/UefiBootServicesTableLib.h>
#include <Library/DebugLib.h>
EFI_STATUS
EFIAPI
AbcDriverEntryPoint (
IN EFI_HANDLE ImageHandle,
IN EFI_SYSTEM_TABLE *SystemTable
)
{
EFI_STATUS Status;
EFI_HII_PACKAGE_LIST_HEADER *PackageListHeader;
EFI_HII_DATABASE_PROTOCOL *HiiDatabase;
EFI_HII_HANDLE HiiHandle;
//
// Retrieve HII Package List Header on ImageHandle
//
Status = gBS->OpenProtocol (
ImageHandle,
&gEfiHiiPackageListProtocolGuid,
(VOID **)&PackageListHeader,
ImageHandle,
NULL,
EFI_OPEN_PROTOCOL_GET_PROTOCOL
);
ASSERT_EFI_ERROR (Status);
//
// Retrieve the pointer to the UEFI HII Database Protocol
//
Status = gBS->LocateProtocol (
&gEfiHiiDatabaseProtocolGuid,
NULL,
(VOID **)&HiiDatabase
);
ASSERT_EFI_ERROR (Status);
//
// Register list of HII packages in the HII Database
//
Status = HiiDatabase->NewPackageList (
HiiDatabase,
PackageListHeader,
NULL,
&HiiHandle
);
ASSERT_EFI_ERROR (Status);
return EFI_SUCCESS;
}

The EDK II provides a simple way for a UEFI Driver to declare that HII packages are provided by setting UEFI_HII_RESOURCE_SECTION to TRUE in the [Defines] section of the INF file. This informs an EDK II build that the UEFI Driver implementation provides UNI and VFR source files that must be converted into HII packages stored in the PE/COFF resource section of the UEFI Driver image. See Chapter 12 for more details on the implementation of UNI and VFR files. The following example shows the INF file that defines UEFI_HII_RESOURCE_SECTION to TRUE. See Section 30.3 for more details on UEFI Driver INF files and Appendix A for a complete template of the INF file for a UEFI Driver.

Example 96-UEFI Driver INF File with HII Packages feature

[Defines]
INF_VERSION = 0x00010005
BASE_NAME = AbcDriverHiiPackage
FILE_GUID = 0E474237-D123-40c2-A585-CD46279879D4
MODULE_TYPE = UEFI_DRIVER
VERSION_STRING = 1.0
ENTRY_POINT = AbcDriverEntryPoint
UEFI_HII_RESOURCE_SECTION = TRUE
[Sources]
Abc.c
AbcStrings.uni
AbcForms.vfr
[Packages]
MdePkg/MdePkg.dec
[LibraryClasses]
UefiDriverEntryPoint
[Protocols]
gEfiHiiPackageListProtocolGuid gEfiHiiDatabaseProtocolGuid