Class XCatalog

All Implemented Interfaces:

public class XCatalog
extends XMLCatalogHandler

This catalog supports the XCatalog proposal draft 0.2 posted to the xml-dev mailing list by John Cowan. XCatalog is an XML representation of the SGML Open TR9401:1997 catalog format. The current proposal supports public identifier maps, system identifier aliases, and public identifier prefix delegates. Refer to the XCatalog DTD for the full specification of this catalog format at

In order to use XCatalogs, you must write the catalog files with the following restrictions:

To use this catalog in a parser, set an XCatalog instance as the parser's EntityResolver. For example:

   XMLParser parser  = new AnyParser();
   Catalog   catalog = new XCatalog();

Once installed, catalog files that conform to the XCatalog grammar can be appended to the catalog by calling the loadCatalog method on the parser or the catalog instance. The following example loads the contents of two catalog files:

   parser.loadCatalog(new InputSource("catalogs/cat1.xml"));
   parser.loadCatalog(new InputSource("http://host/catalogs/cat2.xml"));

Limitations: The following are the current limitations of this XCatalog implementation:

$Id: 315404 2000-04-04 21:14:25Z andyc $
Andy Clark, IBM

Field Summary
static java.lang.String XCATALOG_DTD_PUBLICID
          XCatalog public identifier string ("-//DTD XCatalog//EN").
Constructor Summary
          Constructs an XCatalog instance.
Method Summary
 void addDelegateCatalog(java.lang.String prefix, XCatalog catalog)
          Adds a delegate mapping.
 XCatalog getDelegateCatalog(java.lang.String prefix)
          Returns the catalog for the given delegate prefix.
 java.util.Enumeration getDelegateCatalogKeys()
          Returns an enumeration of delegate prefixes.
 void loadCatalog(InputSource source)
          Loads the catalog stream specified by the given input source and appends the contents to the catalog.
 void removeDelegateCatalog(java.lang.String prefix)
          Removes a delegate.
 InputSource resolveEntity(java.lang.String publicId, java.lang.String systemId)
          Resolves external entities.
Methods inherited from class org.apache.xerces.readers.XMLCatalogHandler
addPublicMapping, addSystemMapping, getPublicMapping, getPublicMappingKeys, getSystemMapping, getSystemMappingKeys, removePublicMapping, removeSystemMapping
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Field Detail


public static final java.lang.String XCATALOG_DTD_PUBLICID
XCatalog public identifier string ("-//DTD XCatalog//EN").
Constructor Detail


public XCatalog()
Constructs an XCatalog instance.
Method Detail


public void loadCatalog(InputSource source)
                 throws SAXException,
Loads the catalog stream specified by the given input source and appends the contents to the catalog.
loadCatalog in class XMLCatalogHandler
source - The catalog source.
SAXException - Throws exception on SAX error. - Throws exception on i/o error.


public InputSource resolveEntity(java.lang.String publicId,
                                 java.lang.String systemId)
                          throws SAXException,
Resolves external entities.
resolveEntity in class XMLCatalogHandler
publicId - The public identifier used for entity resolution.
systemId - If the publicId is not null, this systemId is to be considered the default system identifier; else a system identifier alias mapping is requested.
Returns the input source of the resolved entity or null if no resolution is possible.
SAXException - Exception thrown on SAX error. - Exception thrown on i/o error.


public void addDelegateCatalog(java.lang.String prefix,
                               XCatalog catalog)
Adds a delegate mapping. If the prefix of a public identifier matches a delegate prefix, then the delegate catalog is searched in order to resolve the identifier.

This method makes sure that prefixes that match each other are inserted into the delegate list in order of longest prefix length first.

prefix - The delegate prefix.
catalog - The delegate catalog.


public void removeDelegateCatalog(java.lang.String prefix)
Removes a delegate.
prefix - The delegate prefix to remove.


public java.util.Enumeration getDelegateCatalogKeys()
Returns an enumeration of delegate prefixes.


public XCatalog getDelegateCatalog(java.lang.String prefix)
Returns the catalog for the given delegate prefix.

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