package Biblio::Citation::Parser;

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use strict;
use vars qw($VERSION);

require Exporter;
our @ISA = qw(Exporter);
our @EXPORT_OK = ( 'parse', 'new' );

$VERSION = "1.10";

=pod

=head1 NAME

B<Biblio::Citation::Parser> - citation parsing framework 

=head1 DESCRIPTION

Biblio::Citation::Parser provides generic methods for reference parsers. This
class should not be used directly, but rather be overridden by specific
parsers.  Parsers that extend the Parser class must provide at least
the two methods defined here to ensure compatibility.

=head1 METHODS

=over 4

=item $cite_parser = Biblio::Citation::Parser-E<gt>new()

The new() method creates a new parser instance. 

=cut

sub new
{
	my($class) = @_;
	my $self = {};
	return bless($self, $class);
}

=pod

=item $metadata = $parser-E<gt>parse($reference)

The parse() method takes a reference and returns the extracted metadata.

=cut

sub parse
{
	my($self, $ref) = @_;
	die "This method should be overridden.\n";
}

1;

__END__

=pod

=back

=head1 AUTHOR

Mike Jewell <moj@ecs.soton.ac.uk>

=cut