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A MIME type resolver's responsibility is to return on
request a given
MIME content type.
A MIME type resolver can be any object implementing
All MIME resolvers in the system are consulted; they are found by
and conventionally should be registered in the folder
Services/MIMEResolver/ in a module's layer.
A MIME resolver would typically try to guess MIME type from characteristics of the file such as extension or first few lines of content. In the case that there is a MIME resolver recognizing Ant project files and another recognizing EJB deployment descriptors, then files with the *.xml extension would be parsed twice, at least for their root element.
To solve both of the above problems a developer should use a declarative MIME type resolver. The semantics of the MIME resolution may be specified in a simple manner and an implementation is available that will interpret the declaration as efficiently as possible.
The semantics is described in an XML document following a documented DTD. The DTD documentation provides details of the permitted syntax.
Create a valid XML document according to the MIME resolver DTD grammar and place it in a lookup-registration area (such as Services/MIMEResolver/).
A simple example follows which might be used to recognize Ant project files.
General resolver description file org/nb/modules/ant/mime-resolver.xml:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE MIME-resolver PUBLIC "-//NetBeans//DTD MIME Resolver 1.0//EN" "http://www.netbeans.org/dtds/mime-resolver-1_0.dtd"> <MIME-resolver> <!-- Skip anything marked as definitely not ours. --> <file> <fattr name="known-ant-project-file" text="false"/> <exit/> </file> <!-- Accept immediately anything known as definitely ours. --> <file> <fattr name="known-ant-project-file" text="true"/> <resolver mime="text/x-ant+xml"/> </file> <!-- For other XML, look for <project default="..."/> --> <file> <ext name="xml"/> <resolver mime="text/x-ant+xml"> <xml-rule> <element name="project"> <attr name="default"/> </element> </xml-rule> </resolver> </file> </MIME-resolver>
First, the DOCTYPE ensures that the XML file will be recognized as
a resolver (by its public ID). The first
block is a negative template - if it matches the resolver terminates
null (meaning it made no decision about the
file). The second block automatically returns the Ant MIME type (here
an XML subtype) for files tagged as being definitely Ant scripts
(regardless of content and extension). The last block matches any XML
file (that is, *.xml) whose root element is
<project/> and contains at least the attribute
default (value unspecified).
Register this file using @MIMEResolver.Registration
annotation. It allows to specify nice display name and position among other resolvers in the
Note that an open position in the system filesystem should be specified. Smaller positions mean the resolver runs earlier, which is appropriate for commonly used file types, or resolvers which logically must take precedence over more generic resolvers.