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// SAX entity resolver.
// No warranty; no copyright -- use this as you will.
// $Id: EntityResolver.java,v 1.3 2001/01/06 06:11:01 stan Exp $

package org.xml.sax;

import java.io.IOException;


/**
  * Basic interface for resolving entities.
  *
  * <p>If a SAX application needs to implement customized handling
  * for external entities, it must implement this interface and
  * register an instance with the SAX parser using the parser's
  * setEntityResolver method.</p>
  *
  * <p>The parser will then allow the application to intercept any
  * external entities (including the external DTD subset and external
  * parameter entities, if any) before including them.</p>
  *
  * <p>Many SAX applications will not need to implement this interface,
  * but it will be especially useful for applications that build
  * XML documents from databases or other specialised input sources,
  * or for applications that use URI types other than URLs.</p>
  *
  * <p>The following resolver would provide the application
  * with a special character stream for the entity with the system
  * identifier "http://www.myhost.com/today":</p>
  *
  * <pre>
  * import org.xml.sax.EntityResolver;
  * import org.xml.sax.InputSource;
  *
  * public class MyResolver implements EntityResolver {
  *   public InputSource resolveEntity (String publicId, String systemId)
  *   {
  *     if (systemId.equals("http://www.myhost.com/today")) {
  *              // return a special input source
  *       MyReader reader = new MyReader();
  *       return new InputSource(reader);
  *     } else {
  *              // use the default behaviour
  *       return null;
  *     }
  *   }
  * }
  * </pre>
  *
  * <p>The application can also use this interface to redirect system
  * identifiers to local URIs or to look up replacements in a catalog
  * (possibly by using the public identifier).</p>
  *
  * <p>The HandlerBase class implements the default behaviour for
  * this interface, which is simply always to return null (to request
  * that the parser use the default system identifier).</p>
  *
  * @author David Megginson (ak117@freenet.carleton.ca)
  * @version 1.0
  * @see org.xml.sax.Parser#setEntityResolver
  * @see org.xml.sax.InputSource
  * @see org.xml.sax.HandlerBase 
  */
public interface EntityResolver {


  /**
    * Allow the application to resolve external entities.
    *
    * <p>The Parser will call this method before opening any external
    * entity except the top-level document entity (including the
    * external DTD subset, external entities referenced within the
    * DTD, and external entities referenced within the document
    * element): the application may request that the parser resolve
    * the entity itself, that it use an alternative URI, or that it
    * use an entirely different input source.</p>
    *
    * <p>Application writers can use this method to redirect external
    * system identifiers to secure and/or local URIs, to look up
    * public identifiers in a catalogue, or to read an entity from a
    * database or other input source (including, for example, a dialog
    * box).</p>
    *
    * <p>If the system identifier is a URL, the SAX parser must
    * resolve it fully before reporting it to the application.</p>
    *
    * @param publicId The public identifier of the external entity
    *        being referenced, or null if none was supplied.
    * @param systemId The system identifier of the external entity
    *        being referenced.
    * @return An InputSource object describing the new input source,
    *         or null to request that the parser open a regular
    *         URI connection to the system identifier.
    * @exception org.xml.sax.SAXException Any SAX exception, possibly
    *            wrapping another exception.
    * @exception java.io.IOException A Java-specific IO exception,
    *            possibly the result of creating a new InputStream
    *            or Reader for the InputSource.
    * @see org.xml.sax.InputSource
    */
  public abstract InputSource resolveEntity (String publicId,
               String systemId)
    throws SAXException, IOException;

}
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