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package org.apache.poi;

/**
 * Common Parent for Text Extractors
 *  of POI Documents. 
 * You will typically find the implementation of
 *  a given format's text extractor under
 *  org.apache.poi.[format].extractor .
 * @see org.apache.poi.hssf.extractor.ExcelExtractor
 * @see org.apache.poi.hslf.extractor.PowerPointExtractor
 * @see org.apache.poi.hdgf.extractor.VisioTextExtractor
 * @see org.apache.poi.hwpf.extractor.WordExtractor
 */
public abstract class POITextExtractor {
  /** The POIDocument that's open */
  protected POIDocument document;

  /**
   * Creates a new text extractor for the given document
   */
  public POITextExtractor(POIDocument document) {
    this.document = document;
  }
  /**
   * Creates a new text extractor, using the same
   *  document as another text extractor. Normally
   *  only used by properties extractors.
   */
  protected POITextExtractor(POITextExtractor otherExtractor) {
    this.document = otherExtractor.document;
  }
  
  /**
   * Retrieves all the text from the document.
   * How cells, paragraphs etc are separated in the text
   *  is implementation specific - see the javadocs for
   *  a specific project for details.
   * @return All the text from the document
   */
  public abstract String getText();
  
  /**
   * Returns another text extractor, which is able to
   *  output the textual content of the document
   *  metadata / properties, such as author and title.
   */
  public abstract POITextExtractor getMetadataTextExtractor();
}
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