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 * ElementDefinitionHandler.java
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 * (C)opyright 2003-2005, by Thomas Morgner and Contributors.
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 * Original Author:  Thomas Morgner;
 * Contributor(s):   David Gilbert (for Object Refinery Limited);
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 * $Id: ElementDefinitionHandler.java,v 1.4 2005/11/14 10:57:22 mungady Exp $
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 * Changes
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package org.jfree.xml;

import org.xml.sax.Attributes;
import org.xml.sax.SAXException;

/**
 * A element definition handler. The element definition handler is used to
 * represent a certain parser state. The current state is set in the parser
 * using the pushFactory() method. The parser forwards any incoming SAXEvent
 * to the current handler, until the handler is removed with popFactory().
 *
 * @author Thomas Morgner
 */
public interface ElementDefinitionHandler {

    /**
     * Callback to indicate that an XML element start tag has been read by the parser.
     *
     * @param tagName  the tag name.
     * @param attrs  the attributes.
     *
     * @throws SAXException if a parser error occurs or the validation failed.
     */
    public void startElement(String tagName, Attributes attrs) throws SAXException;

    /**
     * Callback to indicate that some character data has been read.
     *
     * @param ch  the character array.
     * @param start  the start index for the characters.
     * @param length  the length of the character sequence.
     * @throws SAXException if a parser error occurs or the validation failed.
     */
    public void characters(char[] ch, int start, int length) throws SAXException;

    /**
     * Callback to indicate that an XML element end tag has been read by the parser.
     *
     * @param tagName  the tag name.
     *
     * @throws SAXException if a parser error occurs or the validation failed.
     */
    public void endElement(String tagName) throws SAXException;

    /**
     * Returns the parser.
     *
     * @return The parser.
     */
    public Parser getParser();

}
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