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Precondition.java

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package org.apache.uima.resource.metadata;

import org.apache.uima.cas.CAS;

/**
 * A <code>Precondition</code> of a Resource is a condition that an Entity and/or its analysis in
 * the {@link CAS} must satisfy before that Entity can be processed by the Resource.
 * <p>
 * Currently the framework does not fully support Preconditions. Only the
 * {@link org.apache.uima.resource.metadata.LanguagePrecondition} subinterface is used.
 * <p>
 * As with all {@link MetaDataObject}s, a <code>Precondition</code> may or may not be modifiable.
 * An application can find out by calling the {@link #isModifiable()} method.
 * 
 * 
 */
00036 public interface Precondition extends MetaDataObject {

  /**
   * Gets the type of this precondition. Each sub-interface of <code>Precondition</code> has its
   * own standard type identifier String. These identifier Strings are used instead of Java class
   * names in order to ease portability of metadata to other languages.
   * 
   * @return the type identifier String for this precondition
   */
  public String getPreconditionType();

  /**
   * Determines if this precondition is satisfied by a CAS.
   * 
   * @param aCAS
   *          the CAS against which to evaluate this precondition
   * 
   * @return true if and only if the CAS satisfies this precondition.
   */
  public boolean evaluate(CAS aCAS);
}

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