I/O Channel for textual representations of Mocs


A MocChan is a specialised form of Channel which supports the reading and writing of AST Moc objects as text, using the conventions of the JSON and string encodings described in the IVOA s MOC recommendation, version 1.1. Writing a Moc to a MocChan (using AST_WRITE) will, if the Moc is suitable, generate a textual description of that Moc, and reading from a MocChan will create a new Moc from its textual description. See the Moc class for further information.

Normally, when you use a MocChan, you should provide " source" and " sink" routines which connect it to an external data store by reading and writing the resulting text. These routines should perform any conversions needed between external character encodings and the internal ASCII encoding. If no such routines are supplied, a Channel will read from standard input and write to standard output.

Alternatively, a MocChan can be told to read or write from specific text files using the SinkFile and SourceFile attributes, in which case no sink or source function need be supplied.

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The MocChan class inherits from the Channel class.


In addition to those attributes common to all Channels, every MocChan also has the following attributes:


The MocChan class does not define any new routines beyond those which are applicable to all Channels.