[Bioperl-l] EUtilities term handling
cjfields at uiuc.edu
Thu Oct 5 11:24:39 EDT 2006
>> I use URI for building the URL with the parameters. URI
>> specifically encodes all of this for you, so spaces convert to '+'
>> and '+' converts to %2B.
> Well, yes. This causes what I thought of as a bug. It prevents me
> from submitting a /correct/ eutils term. However it isn't a bug if
> you explain to users they shouldn't be submitting valid eutils
> terms, but only valid /entrez/ terms.
I can specify in POD that URI encoding is in effect if that placates
you, and maybe add a bit about how terms are to be built (based on
the website). I also noticed that the esearch POD doesn't have a
demo in the SYNOPSIS yet (my fault).
However, I think this is all a bit silly. This is something most
people already realize and take for granted (it's standard for any
CGI interface to use URI encoding).
Also, most Entrez users do not use a term like 'BRCA2+Human
[ORGANISM]'. They use 'BRCA2 AND Human[ORGANISM]' or 'BRCA2 Human
[ORGANISM]', the latter which is implicit. All of this is on the
Lab of Dr. Robert Switzer
Dept of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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