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IChemFormat.java
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package org.openscience.cdk.io.formats;

/**
 * This class is the interface that all ChemFormat's should implement.
 *
 * @cdk.module ioformats
 * @cdk.githash
 *
 * @author      Egon Willighagen <egonw@sci.kun.nl>
 * @cdk.created 2004-10-25
 */
00039 public interface IChemFormat extends IResourceFormat {

    /**
     * Returns the class name of the CDK Reader for this format.
     *
     * @return null if no CDK Reader is available.
     */
    public String getReaderClassName();

    /**
     * Returns the class name of the CDK Writer for this format.
     *
     * @return null if no CDK Writer is available.
     */
    public String getWriterClassName();
    
    /**
     * Returns an integer indicating the data features that this 
     * format supports. The integer is composed as explained in 
     * DataFeatures. May be set to DataFeatures.NONE as default.
     * 
     * @see org.openscience.cdk.tools.DataFeatures
     */
      public int getSupportedDataFeatures();

    /**
     * Returns an integer indicating the data features that this 
     * format requires. For example, the XYZ format requires 3D
     * coordinates.
     * 
     * @see org.openscience.cdk.tools.DataFeatures
     */
    public int getRequiredDataFeatures();
}


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