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 1/* gnu/regexp/
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38package edu.vub.util.regexp;
41 * Defines the interface used internally so that different types of source
42 * text can be accessed in the same way.  Built-in concrete classes provide
43 * support for String, StringBuffer, InputStream and char[] types.
44 * A class that is CharIndexed supports the notion of a cursor within a
45 * block of text.  The cursor must be able to be advanced via the move()
46 * method.  The charAt() method returns the character at the cursor position
47 * plus a given offset.
48 *
49 * @author <A HREF="">Wes Biggs</A>
50 */
51public interface CharIndexed {
52    /**
53     * Defines a constant (0xFFFF was somewhat arbitrarily chosen)
54     * that can be returned by the charAt() function indicating that
55     * the specified index is out of range.
56     */
57    char OUT_OF_BOUNDS = '\uFFFF';
59    /**
60     * Returns the character at the given offset past the current cursor
61     * position in the input.  The index of the current position is zero.
62     * It is possible for this method to be called with a negative index.
63     * This happens when using the '^' operator in multiline matching mode
64     * or the '\b' or '\<' word boundary operators.  In any case, the lower
65     * bound is currently fixed at -2 (for '^' with a two-character newline).
66     *
67     * @param index the offset position in the character field to examine
68     * @return the character at the specified index, or the OUT_OF_BOUNDS
69     *   character defined by this interface.
70     */
71    char charAt(int index);
73    /**
74     * Shifts the input buffer by a given number of positions.  Returns
75     * true if the new cursor position is valid.
76     */
77    boolean move(int index);
79    /**
80     * Returns true if the most recent move() operation placed the cursor
81     * position at a valid position in the input.
82     */
83    boolean isValid();
85    /**
86     * Returns another CharIndexed containing length characters to the left
87     * of the given index. The given length is an expected maximum and
88     * the returned CharIndexed may not necessarily contain so many characters.
89     */
90    CharIndexed lookBehind(int index, int length);
92    /**
93     * Returns the effective length of this CharIndexed
94     */
95    int length();