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IResourceFormat.java

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package org.openscience.cdk.io.formats;

/**
 * This class is the interface that all ResourceFormat's should implement.
 * An implementation is supposed to be a singleton class, so it should have
 * only private constructors, and implement the getInstance() method.
 *
 * @cdk.module io
 *
 * @author      Egon Willighagen <egonw@users.sf.net>
 * @cdk.created 2006-03-04
 */
00040 public interface IResourceFormat {

    /**
     * Returns a one-lined format name of the format.
     */
    public String getFormatName();

    /**
     * Returns the preferred resource name extension.
     */
    public String getPreferredNameExtension();

    /**
     * Returns an array of common resource name extensions.
     */
    public String[] getNameExtensions();

    /**
     * Returns the accepted MIME type for this format.
     *
     * @return null if no MIME type has been accepted on
     */
    public String getMIMEType();
    
    /**
     * Indicates if the format is an XML-based language.
     * 
     * @return if the format is XML-based.
     */
    public boolean isXMLBased();
}


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