Bioperl: EMBL format without ID/AC/DE/OS
12 Apr 2000 16:03:12 +0100
>>>>> "Francis" == Francis Ouellette <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Francis> On 12 Apr 2000, Keith James wrote:
>> Any objections (philosophical or practical)?
Francis> a philosophical one (and comment applies to GB or EMBL,
Francis> or any format for that matter):
Francis> I think it is the begining of a very slippery and
Francis> dangerous slope to start agreeing to change a format that
Francis> 1) is not controled by you 2) is a standard for many
Francis> others who expect certain format to work with their
Absolutely. I certainly wouldn't expect anyone to change their
expectations of what EMBL or Genbank format should be.
Francis> An alternative way of thinking about the "let's not make
Francis> this ID line mandatory" model, could be to have
Francis> user-controled severity failure levels, e.g. "standard"
Francis> bioperl would have maximum error level if critical fields
Francis> are missing, such as ID, AC, DE, or OS. But one could
Francis> see a system where the bioperl users could set that to a
Francis> different level which would not result in a 'fatal error'
Francis> (game over), but maybe a 'warning' (beware of results) or
Francis> an 'info' (everything is cool) messages. This ould be
Francis> explicitly noted, and users would know why.
You expressed this better than I did. The current implementation gives
fatal errors by default, with no means of relaxing the standard. I
would like some user control over the acceptable standard along with
an audit of what's missing.
Keith James -- email@example.com -- http://www.sanger.ac.uk/Users/kdj
The Sanger Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambs CB10 1SA
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