nu.xom

Class NodeFactory

Object
  extended by nu.xom.NodeFactory

public class NodeFactory
extends Object

Builders use a NodeFactory object to construct each Node object (Element, Text, Attribute, etc.) they add to the tree. The default implementation simply calls the relevant constructor, stuffs the resulting Node object in a length one Nodes object, and returns it.

Subclassing this class allows builders to produce instance of subclasses (for example, HTMLElement) instead of the base classes.

Subclasses can also filter content while building. For example, namespaces could be added to or changed on all elements. Comments could be deleted. Processing instructions can be changed into elements. An xinclude:include element could be replaced with the content it references. All such changes must be consistent with the usual rules of well-formedness. For example, the makeDocType() method should not return a list containing two DocType objects because an XML document can have at most one document type declaration. Nor should it return a list containing an element, because an element cannot appear in a document prolog. However, it could return a list containing any number of comments and processing instructions, and not more than one DocType object.

Version:
1.1d5
Author:
Elliotte Rusty Harold

Constructor Summary
NodeFactory()

           Constructs a new node factory.
 
Method Summary
 voidfinishMakingDocument(Document document)

           Signals the end of a document.
 NodesfinishMakingElement(Element element)

           Signals the end of an element.
 NodesmakeAttribute(String name, String URI, String value, Attribute.Type type)

           Returns a new Nodes object containing an attribute in the specified namespace with the specified name and type.
 NodesmakeComment(String data)

           Returns a new Nodes object containing a comment with the specified text.
 NodesmakeDocType(String rootElementName, String publicID, String systemID)

           Returns a new Nodes object containing a DocType object with the specified root element name, system ID, and public ID.
 NodesmakeProcessingInstruction(String target, String data)

           Returns a new Nodes object containing a new ProcessingInstruction object with the specified target and data.
 ElementmakeRootElement(String name, String namespace)

           Creates a new element in the specified namespace with the specified name.
 NodesmakeText(String data)

           Returns a new Nodes object containing a text node with the specified content.
 DocumentstartMakingDocument()

           Creates a new Document object.
 ElementstartMakingElement(String name, String namespace)

           Creates a new Element in the specified namespace with the specified name.
 
Methods inherited from class Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

NodeFactory

public NodeFactory()

Constructs a new node factory.

Method Detail

makeRootElement

public Element makeRootElement(String name,
                               String namespace)

Creates a new element in the specified namespace with the specified name. The builder calls this method to make the root element of the document.

Subclasses may change the name, namespace, content, or other characteristics of the element returned. The default implementation merely calls startMakingElement. However, when subclassing, it is often useful to be able to easily distinguish between the root element and a non-root element because the root element cannot be detached. Therefore, subclasses must not return null from this method. Doing so will cause a NullPointerException.

Parameters:
name - the qualified name of the element
namespace - the namespace URI of the element
Returns:
the new root element

startMakingElement

public Element startMakingElement(String name,
                                  String namespace)

Creates a new Element in the specified namespace with the specified name.

Subclasses may change the name, namespace, content, or other characteristics of the Element returned. Subclasses may return null to indicate the Element should not be created. However, doing so will only remove the element's start-tag and end-tag from the result tree. Any content inside the element will be attached to the element's parent by default, unless it too is filtered. To remove an entire element, return an empty Nodes object from the finishMakingElement() method.

Parameters:
name - the qualified name of the element
namespace - the namespace URI of the element
Returns:
the new element

finishMakingElement

public Nodes finishMakingElement(Element element)

Signals the end of an element. This method should return the Nodes to be added to the tree. They need not contain the Element that was passed to this method, though most often they will. By default the Nodes returned contain only the built element. However, subclasses may return a list containing any number of nodes, all of which will be added to the tree at the current position in the order given by the list (subject to the usual well-formedness constraints, of course. For instance, the list should not contain a DocType object unless the element is the root element, and the document does not already have a DocType). All of the nodes returned must be parentless. If this method returns an empty list, then the element (including all its contents) is not included in the finished document.

To process an element at a time, override this method in a subclass so that it functions as a callback. When you're done processing the Element, return an empty list so that it will be removed from the tree and garbage collected. Be careful not to return an empty list for the root element though. That is, when the element passed to this method is the root element, the list returned must contain exactly one Element object. The simplest way to check this is testing if element.getParent() instanceof Document.

Do not detach element or any of its ancestors while inside this method. Doing so can royally muck up the build.

Parameters:
element - the finished Element
Returns:
the nodes to be added to the tree

startMakingDocument

public Document startMakingDocument()

Creates a new Document object. The root element of this document is initially set to <root xmlns=http://www.xom.nu/fakeRoot""/>. This is only temporary. As soon as the real root element's start-tag is read, this element is replaced by the real root. This fake root should never be exposed.

The builder calls this method at the beginning of each document, before it calls any other method in this class. Thus this is a useful place to perform per-document initialization tasks.

Subclasses may change the root element, content, or other characteristics of the document returned. However, this method must not return null or the builder will throw a ParsingException.

Returns:
the newly created Document

finishMakingDocument

public void finishMakingDocument(Document document)

Signals the end of a document. The default implementation of this method does nothing. The builder does not call this method if an exception is thrown while building a document.

Parameters:
document - the completed Document

makeAttribute

public Nodes makeAttribute(String name,
                           String URI,
                           String value,
                           Attribute.Type type)

Returns a new Nodes object containing an attribute in the specified namespace with the specified name and type.

Subclasses may change the nodes returned from this method. They may return a Nodes object containing any number of children and attributes which are appended and added to the current parent element. This Nodes object may not contain any Document objects. All of the nodes returned must be parentless. Subclasses may return an empty Nodes to indicate the attribute should not be created.

Parameters:
name - the prefixed name of the attribute
URI - the namespace URI
value - the attribute value
type - the attribute type
Returns:
the nodes to be added to the tree

makeComment

public Nodes makeComment(String data)

Returns a new Nodes object containing a comment with the specified text.

Subclasses may change the content or other characteristics of the comment returned. Subclasses may change the nodes returned from this method. They may return a Nodes object containing any number of children and attributes which are appended and added to the current parent element. This Nodes object should not contain any Document objects. All of the nodes returned must be parentless. Subclasses may return an empty Nodes to indicate the comment should not be included in the finished document.

Parameters:
data - the complete text content of the comment
Returns:
the nodes to be added to the tree

makeDocType

public Nodes makeDocType(String rootElementName,
                         String publicID,
                         String systemID)

Returns a new Nodes object containing a DocType object with the specified root element name, system ID, and public ID.

Subclasses may change the root element name, public ID, system ID, or other characteristics of the DocType returned. Subclasses may change the nodes returned from this method. They may return a Nodes object containing any number of comments and processing instructions which are appended to the current parent node. This Nodes object may not contain any Document, Element, Attribute, or Text objects. All of the nodes returned must be parentless. Subclasses may return an empty Nodes to indicate the DocType should not be included in the finished document.

Parameters:
rootElementName - the declared, qualified name for the root element
publicID - the public ID of the external DTD subset
systemID - the URL of the external DTD subset
Returns:
the nodes to be added to the document

makeText

public Nodes makeText(String data)

Returns a new Nodes object containing a text node with the specified content.

Subclasses may change the content or other characteristics of the text returned. Subclasses may also change the nodes returned from this method. They may return a Nodes object containing any number of nodes which are added or appended to the current parent node. This Nodes object must not contain any Document nodes. All of the nodes returned must be parentless. Subclasses may return an empty Nodes to indicate the text should not be included in the finished document.

Parameters:
data - the complete text content of the node
Returns:
the nodes to be added to the tree

makeProcessingInstruction

public Nodes makeProcessingInstruction(String target,
                                       String data)

Returns a new Nodes object containing a new ProcessingInstruction object with the specified target and data.

Subclasses may change the target, data, or other characteristics of the ProcessingInstruction returned. Subclasses may change the nodes returned from this method. They may return a Nodes object containing any number of nodes which are added or appended to the current parent node. This Nodes object must not contain any Document nodes. If the processing instruction appears in the prolog or epilog of the document, then it must also not contain any Element, Attribute, or Text objects. All of the nodes returned must be parentless. Subclasses may return an empty Nodes to indicate the processing instruction should not be included in the finished document.

Parameters:
target - the target of the processing instruction
data - the data of the processing instruction
Returns:
the nodes to be added to the tree


Copyright 2002-2010 Elliotte Rusty Harold

elharo@ibiblio.org