The Atom Class

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The Atom Class defines strings which are given representative pointer values so that they can be stored more efficiently, and comparisons for equality done more efficiently. The list of atoms is stored in a hash table, so when asking for a new atom you might in fact get back an existing one.

Note: There are a whole bunch of MIME-types defined as atoms, so please use them!

This module is implemented by HTAtom.c, and it is a part of the W3C Sample Code Library.

#ifndef HTATOM_H
#define HTATOM_H

#include "HTList.h"

typedef struct _HTAtom HTAtom;
struct _HTAtom {
	HTAtom *	next;
	char *		name;
}; /* struct _HTAtom */

Get an Atom

This function returns a representative value (an atom) such that it will always (within one run of the program) return the same value for the same given string. The former is case sensitive, the latter is case insensitive.

extern HTAtom * HTAtom_for	(const char * string);
extern HTAtom * HTAtom_caseFor	(const char * string);

Get Content of an Atom

#define HTAtom_name(a) ((a) ? (a)->name : NULL)

This macro returns the string pointed to by the atom.

Search For Atoms

Returns a list of atoms which matches the template given. It is especially made for MIME-types so that for example a template like text<slash><star> returns a list of all MIME-types of type text.

extern HTList * HTAtom_templateMatches (const char * templ);

Cleanup Memory

In order to cleanup memory, call this function. This is done automaticly from the HTLibTerminate function.

extern void HTAtom_deleteAll (void);


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