public abstract class


extends Object

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import java.util.Collection;

/** Expert: an enumeration of span matches.  Used to implement span searching.
 * Each span represents a range of term positions within a document.  Matches
 * are enumerated in order, by increasing document number, within that by
 * increasing start position and finally by increasing end position. */
public abstract class Spans {
  /** Move to the next match, returning true iff any such exists. */
  public abstract boolean next() throws IOException;

  /** Skips to the first match beyond the current, whose document number is
   * greater than or equal to <i>target</i>. <p>Returns true iff there is such
   * a match.  <p>Behaves as if written: <pre>
   *   boolean skipTo(int target) {
   *     do {
   *       if (!next())
   * 	     return false;
   *     } while (target > doc());
   *     return true;
   *   }
   * </pre>
   * Most implementations are considerably more efficient than that.
  public abstract boolean skipTo(int target) throws IOException;

  /** Returns the document number of the current match.  Initially invalid. */
  public abstract int doc();

  /** Returns the start position of the current match.  Initially invalid. */
  public abstract int start();

  /** Returns the end position of the current match.  Initially invalid. */
  public abstract int end();
   * Returns the payload data for the current span.
   * This is invalid until {@link #next()} is called for
   * the first time.
   * This method must not be called more than once after each call
   * of {@link #next()}. However, most payloads are loaded lazily,
   * so if the payload data for the current position is not needed,
   * this method may not be called at all for performance reasons. An ordered
   * SpanQuery does not lazy load, so if you have payloads in your index and
   * you do not want ordered SpanNearQuerys to collect payloads, you can
   * disable collection with a constructor option.<br>
   * <br>
    * Note that the return type is a collection, thus the ordering should not be relied upon.
    * <br/>
   * <p><font color="#FF0000">
   * WARNING: The status of the <b>Payloads</b> feature is experimental.
   * The APIs introduced here might change in the future and will not be
   * supported anymore in such a case.</font>
   * @return a List of byte arrays containing the data of this payload, otherwise null if isPayloadAvailable is false
   * @throws
  // TODO: Remove warning after API has been finalized
  public abstract Collection<byte[]> getPayload() throws IOException;

   * Checks if a payload can be loaded at this position.
   * <p/>
   * Payloads can only be loaded once per call to
   * {@link #next()}.
   * @return true if there is a payload available at this position that can be loaded
  public abstract boolean isPayloadAvailable();