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/* -*- Mode: C++; tab-width: 2; indent-tabs-mode: nil; c-basic-offset: 4 -*- */
/* This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public
 * License, v. 2.0. If a copy of the MPL was not distributed with this
 * file, You can obtain one at http://mozilla.org/MPL/2.0/. */

#include "nsISupports.idl"

/**
 * Simple scriptable serialization helper. Can be used as a service.
 */

interface nsISerializable;

[scriptable, uuid(31654c0f-35f3-44c6-b31e-37a11516e6bc)]
interface nsISerializationHelper : nsISupports
{
  /**
   * Serialize the object to a base64 string. This string can be later passed
   * as an input to deserializeObject method.
   */
  ACString serializeToString(in nsISerializable serializable);

  /**
   * Takes base64 encoded string that cointains serialization of a single
   * object. Most commonly, input is result of previous call to
   * serializeToString.
   */
  nsISupports deserializeObject(in ACString input);
};