Amazon Textract
Developer Guide

The AWS Documentation website is getting a new look!
Try it now and let us know what you think. Switch to the new look >>

You can return to the original look by selecting English in the language selector above.

Selection Elements

Amazon Textract can detect selection elements such as option buttons (radio buttons) and check boxes on a document page. Selection elements can be detected in form data and in tables. For example, when the following table is detected on a form, Amazon Textract detects the check boxes in the table cells.




Good Service

Easy to Use

Fair Price

Detected selection elements are returned as Block objects in the responses from AnalyzeDocument and GetDocumentAnalysis.


You can use the FeatureTypes input parameter to retrieve information about key-value pairs, tables, or both. For example, if you filter on tables, the response includes the selection elements that are detected in tables. Selection elements that are detected in key-value pairs aren't included in the response.

Information about a selection element is contained in a Block object of type SELECTION_ELEMENT. To determine the status of a selectable element, use the SelectionStatus field of the SELECTION_ELEMENT block. The status can be either SELECTED or NOT_SELECTED. For example, the value of SelectionStatus for the previous image is SELECTED.

A SELECTION_ELEMENT Block object is associated with either a key-value pair or a table cell. A SELECTION_ELEMENT Block object contains bounding box information for a selection element in the Geometry field. A SELECTION_ELEMENT Block object isn't a child of a PAGE Block object.

Form data (Key-Value Pairs)

A key-value pair is used to represent a selection element that's detected on a form. The KEY block contains the text for the selection element. The VALUE block contains the SELECTION_ELEMENT block. The following diagram shows how selection elements are represented by Block objects.

For more information about key-value pairs, see Form Data (Key-Value Pairs).

The following JSON snippet shows the key for a key-value pair that contains a selection element (male ☑). The child ID (Id bd14cfd5-9005-498b-a7f3-45ceb171f0ff) is the ID of the WORD block that contains the text for the selection element (male). The value ID (Id 24aaac7f-fcce-49c7-a4f0-3688b05586d4) is the ID of the VALUE block that contains the SELECTION_ELEMENT block object.

{ "Relationships": [ { "Type": "VALUE", "Ids": [ "24aaac7f-fcce-49c7-a4f0-3688b05586d4" Value containing Selection Element ] }, { "Type": "CHILD", "Ids": [ "bd14cfd5-9005-498b-a7f3-45ceb171f0ff" WORD - male ] } ], "Confidence": 94.15619659423828, "Geometry": { "BoundingBox": { "Width": 0.022914813831448555, "Top": 0.08072036504745483, "Left": 0.18966935575008392, "Height": 0.014860388822853565 }, "Polygon": [ { "Y": 0.08072036504745483, "X": 0.18966935575008392 }, { "Y": 0.08072036504745483, "X": 0.21258416771888733 }, { "Y": 0.09558075666427612, "X": 0.21258416771888733 }, { "Y": 0.09558075666427612, "X": 0.18966935575008392 } ] }, "BlockType": "KEY_VALUE_SET", "EntityTypes": [ "KEY" ], "Id": "a118dc43-d5f7-49a2-a20a-5f876d9ffd79" }

The following JSON snippet is the WORD block for the word Male. The WORD block also has a parent LINE block.

{ "Geometry": { "BoundingBox": { "Width": 0.022464623674750328, "Top": 0.07842985540628433, "Left": 0.18863198161125183, "Height": 0.01617223583161831 }, "Polygon": [ { "Y": 0.07842985540628433, "X": 0.18863198161125183 }, { "Y": 0.07842985540628433, "X": 0.2110965996980667 }, { "Y": 0.09460209310054779, "X": 0.2110965996980667 }, { "Y": 0.09460209310054779, "X": 0.18863198161125183 } ] }, "Text": "Void", "BlockType": "WORD", "Confidence": 54.06439208984375, "Id": "bd14cfd5-9005-498b-a7f3-45ceb171f0ff" },

The VALUE block has a child (Id f2f5e8cd-e73a-4e99-a095-053acd3b6bfb) that's the SELECTION_ELEMENT block.

{ "Relationships": [ { "Type": "CHILD", "Ids": [ "f2f5e8cd-e73a-4e99-a095-053acd3b6bfb" //Selection element ] } ], "Confidence": 94.15619659423828, "Geometry": { "BoundingBox": { "Width": 0.017281491309404373, "Top": 0.07643391191959381, "Left": 0.2271782010793686, "Height": 0.026274094358086586 }, "Polygon": [ { "Y": 0.07643391191959381, "X": 0.2271782010793686 }, { "Y": 0.07643391191959381, "X": 0.24445968866348267 }, { "Y": 0.10270800441503525, "X": 0.24445968866348267 }, { "Y": 0.10270800441503525, "X": 0.2271782010793686 } ] }, "BlockType": "KEY_VALUE_SET", "EntityTypes": [ "VALUE" ], "Id": "24aaac7f-fcce-49c7-a4f0-3688b05586d4" }, }

The following JSON is the SELECTION_ELEMENT block. The value of SelectionStatus indicates that the check box is selected.

{ "Geometry": { "BoundingBox": { "Width": 0.020316146314144135, "Top": 0.07575977593660355, "Left": 0.22590067982673645, "Height": 0.027631107717752457 }, "Polygon": [ { "Y": 0.07575977593660355, "X": 0.22590067982673645 }, { "Y": 0.07575977593660355, "X": 0.2462168186903 }, { "Y": 0.1033908873796463, "X": 0.2462168186903 }, { "Y": 0.1033908873796463, "X": 0.22590067982673645 } ] }, "BlockType": "SELECTION_ELEMENT", "SelectionStatus": "NOT_SELECTED", "Confidence": 74.14942932128906, "Id": "f2f5e8cd-e73a-4e99-a095-053acd3b6bfb" }

Table Cells

Amazon Textract can detect selection elements inside a table cell. For example, the cells in the following table have check boxes.




Good Service

Easy to Use

Fair Price

A CELL block can contain child SELECTION_ELEMENT objects for selection elements, as well as child WORD blocks for detected text.

For more information about tables, see Tables.

The TABLE Block object for the previous table looks similar to this.

{ "Geometry": {.....}, "Relationships": [ { "Type": "CHILD", "Ids": [ "652c09eb-8945-473d-b1be-fa03ac055928", "37efc5cc-946d-42cd-aa04-e68e5ed4741d", "4a44940a-435a-4c5c-8a6a-7fea341fa295", "2de20014-9a3b-4e26-b453-0de755144b1a", "8ed78aeb-5c9a-4980-b669-9e08b28671d2", "1f8e1c68-2c97-47b2-847c-a19619c02ca9", "9927e1d1-6018-4960-ac17-aadb0a94f4d9", "68f0ed8b-a887-42a5-b618-f68b494a6034", "fcba16e0-6bd7-4ea5-b86e-36e8330b68ea", "2250357c-ae34-4ed9-86da-45dac5a5e903", "c63ad40d-5a14-4646-a8df-2d4304213dbc", // Cell "2b8417dc-e65f-4fcd-aa0f-61a23f1e8cb0", "26c62932-72f0-4dc2-9893-1ae27829c060", "27f291cc-abf4-4c23-aa24-676abe99cb1e", "7e5ce028-1bcd-4d9f-ad42-15ac181c5b47", "bf32e3d2-efa2-4fc1-b09b-ab9cc52ff734" ] } ], "BlockType": "TABLE", "Confidence": 99.99993896484375, "Id": "f66eac36-2e74-406e-8032-14d1c14e0b86" }

The CELL BLOCK object (Id c63ad40d-5a14-4646-a8df-2d4304213dbc) for the cell that contains the check box Good Service looks like the following. It includes a child Block (Id = 26d122fd-c5f4-4b53-92c4-0ae92730ee1e) that's the SELECTION_ELEMENT Block object for the check box.

{ "Geometry": {.....}, "Relationships": [ { "Type": "CHILD", "Ids": [ "26d122fd-c5f4-4b53-92c4-0ae92730ee1e" //Selection Element ] } ], "Confidence": 79.741689682006836, "RowSpan": 1, "RowIndex": 3, "ColumnIndex": 3, "ColumnSpan": 1, "BlockType": "CELL", "Id": "c63ad40d-5a14-4646-a8df-2d4304213dbc" }

The SELECTION_ELEMENT Block object for the check box is as follows. The value of SelectionStatus indicates that the check box is selected.

{ "Geometry": {.......}, "BlockType": "SELECTION_ELEMENT", "SelectionStatus": "SELECTED", "Confidence": 88.79517364501953, "Id": "26d122fd-c5f4-4b53-92c4-0ae92730ee1e" }