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Package net.sf.saxon.serialize

This package contains code for serializing trees using the standard W3C-defined serialization methods (xml, html, text, etc).

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Package net.sf.saxon.serialize Description

This package contains code for serializing trees using the standard W3C-defined serialization methods (xml, html, text, etc). Additional Saxon-specific serialization methods are in package com.saxonica.serialize.

Serialization in Saxon operates as a push-based event pipeline in which the components of the pipeline implement the Receiver interface. This defines a class that accepts a stream of events, with one method defined for each kind of event. The events are modelled on the design of SAX, but adapted to the XPath data model and to the use of Saxon's NamePool. Attributes and namespaces are notified individually after the start of the relevant element.

The pipeline for serialization is assembled by the SerializerFactory based on a supplied set of serialization parameters. Only those components needed for the chosen serialization parameters are included in the pipeline; for example, a Unicode normalizer is inserted at the appropriate place in the pipeline if Unicode normalization is requested in the serialization parameters.

The immediate output of node constructors in a query or stylesheet goes to a Outputter. This is a subclass of Receiver that can handle an arbitrary sequence, containing atomic values as well as nodes. When constructing the content of an element, a ComplexContentOutputter is used; when constructing the content of a node such as a text node or attribute, a SequenceOutputter is used instead.

The final serialization classes are subclasses of Emitter, but much of the serialization work (such as indentation or application of character maps) is done by other classes on the pipeline. These are generally constructed by extending the ProxyReceiver class.

The Emitter is an abstract implementation of the Receiver interface. As well as supporting the Receiver interface, it provides methods for controlling the destination of serialized output (a Writer or OutputStream) and for setting serialization properties (in a Properties object). In practice nearly all the implementations of Receiver are currently subclasses of Emitter, but this may change in the future.

The package includes emitters for the standard output methods xml, html, and text, and proxy emitters to allow a sequence of filters to be applied to the output.

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