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LinearTypeOrder.java

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package org.apache.uima.cas.admin;

import org.apache.uima.cas.Type;

/**
 * Linear order on types.
 * 
 * 
 */
00029 public interface LinearTypeOrder {

  /**
   * Compare two types.
   * 
   * @param t1
   * @param t2
   * @return <code>true</code> iff <code>t1</code> is less than <code>t2</code> in this order.
   */
  boolean lessThan(Type t1, Type t2);

  /**
   * Compare two types.
   * 
   * @param t1
   * @param t2
   * @return <code>true</code> iff <code>t1</code> is less than <code>t2</code> in this order.
   */
  boolean lessThan(int t1, int t2);

  /**
   * @return The type order as array of type codes in ascending order.
   */
  int[] getOrder();

}

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