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From: mcginnisA@TncbiD.TnlmD.TnihD.Tgov Subject: BIoPerl and user complaints. Date: September 6, 2005 9:38:10 AM EDT To: bmooreA@TgeneticsD.TutahD.Tedu, jasonA@TbioperlD.Torg Dear Jason and Barry: We recently received an e-mail from a user complaining that a small change to the format of the BLAST output resulted in a problem with the BPLite parser. BPLite appears to be parsing the plain text output of the BLAST results and simple change such as removing a colon form the output causes it to not work properly. NCBI does not advocate the use of the plain text or HTML of BLAST output as a means of accurately parsing the data. We reserve the right to alter the appearance of "human readable" formats precisely to make them more usable to human readers of the results. It's not convenient for us to tie the human readable results down to a software compatible format. To this effect we make the ASN.1 and XML outputs available for parsing the BLAST output. We support these formats and we will not alter or change them without ample forewarning and support. You may wish to repair your BPLite program, but can I also ask that you put some sort of disclaimer in it that it relies on a format which is subject to change with out advanced notice. Thanks, Scott McGinnis.