Class AbstractInternationalString

All Implemented Interfaces:
Char­Sequence, Comparable<International­String>, Formattable, International­String
Direct Known Subclasses:
Default­International­String, Resource­International­String, Simple­International­String

public abstract class AbstractInternationalString extends Object implements InternationalString, Formattable
Base class for character strings that has been internationalized into several locales. The International­String interface is used instead of the String class whenever an attribute needs to be internationalization capable.

The default value (as returned by to­String() and other Char­Sequence methods) is the string in the current system-wide default locale. The natural ordering is defined by the value returned by to­String().

Substituting a free text by a code list

The ISO standard allows to substitute some character strings in the "free text" domain by a Code­List value. This can be done with:
  • Constructor Details

    • AbstractInternationalString

      protected AbstractInternationalString()
      Constructs an international string.
  • Method Details

    • length

      public int length()
      Returns the length of the string in the default locale. This is the length of the string returned by to­String().
      Specified by:
      length in interface Char­Sequence
      length of the string in the default locale.
    • charAt

      public char charAt(int index) throws IndexOutOfBoundsException
      Returns the character of the string in the default locale at the specified index. This is a character of the string returned by to­String().
      Specified by:
      char­At in interface Char­Sequence
      index - the index of the character.
      the character at the specified index.
      Index­Out­Of­Bounds­Exception - if the specified index is out of bounds.
    • subSequence

      public CharSequence subSequence(int start, int end)
      Returns a subsequence of the string in the default locale. The subsequence is a String object starting with the character value at the specified index and ending with the character value at index end - 1.
      Specified by:
      sub­Sequence in interface Char­Sequence
      start - the start index, inclusive.
      end - the end index, exclusive.
      the specified subsequence.
      Index­Out­Of­Bounds­Exception - if start or end is out of range.
    • toString

      public abstract String toString(Locale locale)
      Returns this string in the given locale. If no string is available in the given locale, then some fallback locale is used. The fallback locale is implementation-dependent, and is not necessarily the same than the default locale used by the to­String() method.

      Handling of Locale​.ROOT argument value

      Locale​.ROOT can be given to this method for requesting a "unlocalized" string, typically some programmatic values like enumerations or identifiers. While identifiers often look like English words, Locale​.ROOT is not considered synonymous to Locale​.ENGLISH because the values may differ in the way numbers and dates are formatted (e.g. using the ISO 8601 standard for dates instead of English conventions).

      Handling of null argument value

      The Locale​.ROOT constant is new in Java 6. Some other libraries designed for Java 5 use the null value for "unlocalized" strings. Apache SIS accepts null value for inter-operability with those libraries. However, the behavior is implementation dependent: some subclasses will take null as a synonymous of the system default locale, while other subclasses will take null as a synonymous of the root locale. In order to ensure determinist behavior, client code are encouraged to specify only non-null values.
      Specified by:
      to­String in interface International­String
      locale - the desired locale for the string to be returned.
      the string in the given locale if available, or in an implementation-dependent fallback locale otherwise.
      See Also:
    • toString

      public String toString()
      Returns this string in the default locale. Invoking this method is equivalent to invoking to­String(Locale​.get­Default()).

      All methods from Char­Sequence operate on this string. This string is also used as the criterion for natural ordering.

      Specified by:
      to­String in interface Char­Sequence
      Specified by:
      to­String in interface International­String
      to­String in class Object
      the string in the default locale.
    • formatTo

      public void formatTo(Formatter formatter, int flags, int width, int precision)
      Formats this international string using the given formatter. This method appends the string obtained by:
      Specified by:
      format­To in interface Formattable
      formatter - the formatter to use for formatting this string.
      flags - a bitmask of Formattable­Flags values.
      width - the minimum number of characters, or -1 if none.
      precision - the maximum number of characters (before expanding to the width), or -1 for no restriction.
    • compareTo

      public int compareTo(InternationalString object)
      Compares this string with the specified object for order. This method compares the string in the default locale, as returned by to­String().
      Specified by:
      compare­To in interface Comparable<International­String>
      object - the string to compare with this string.
      a negative number if this string is before the given string, a positive number if after, or 0 if equals.