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package java.net;

/**
 
* This interface defines a factory for {@code URL} stream
 
* protocol handlers.
 
* <p>
 
* It is used by the {@code URL} class to create a
 
* {@code URLStreamHandler} for a specific protocol.
 
*
 
* @author
  
Arthur van Hoff
 
* @see
     
java.net.URL
 
* @see
     
java.net.URLStreamHandler
 
* @since
   
JDK1.0
 
*/

public interface URLStreamHandlerFactory {
    
/**
     
* Creates a new {@code URLStreamHandler} instance with the specified
     
* protocol.
     
*
     
* @param
   
protocolthe protocol ("{@code ftp}",
     
*
                     
"{@code http}", "{@code nntp}", etc.).
     
* @return
  
a {@code URLStreamHandler} for the specific protocol.
     
* @seejava.net.URLStreamHandler
     
*/

    
URLStreamHandler createURLStreamHandler(String protocol);
}