lincoln.stein at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 18:46:23 UTC 2010
I think the "categorize" functionality is obsolete.
On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 2:32 PM, Thomas Down <thomas.a.down at gmail.com>wrote:
> FYI, Dazzle does respect categorize=(yes|no):
> ...but it's always struck me as fairly useless -- one "optional" field in a
> fairly verbose XML schema, and I certainly won't mourn it if you feel like
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 5:15 PM, Andy Jenkinson <andy.jenkinson at ebi.ac.uk
> > Hi list,
> > One of the (hopefully final) questions over the 1.6 specification
> > the "categorize" parameter in the features request. In DAS 1.53, this
> > parameter is optional and may be either "yes" or "no". The default value
> > "no". The purpose is to instruct the server as to whether it must include
> > its response the optional "category" attribute of the <TYPE> element.
> > However in practice, I believe most servers actually ignore this
> > and always include category information if it is available. If it is not
> > available, servers cannot satisfactorily comply with a "categorize=yes"
> > request and generally always provide an empty category attribute.
> > In current drafts of 1.6, the category attribute remains optional but the
> > categorize parameter has its default reversed (that is, it matches what
> > servers currently do, and a request to specifically remove the category
> > the response can more easily be honoured by core server software.
> > it is apparent that the functionality offered by the categorize parameter
> > really rather limited. Its only real purpose in this form is to reduce
> > volume of the response. In addition, given the introduction of the
> > and expansion of DAS to more diverse domains, the category itself is
> > becoming less important. If, for example, the ontology cvIds become
> > mandatory in the next version of the specification, we could feasibly
> > deprecate it.
> > So, it has been proposed that the categorize parameter be deprecated in
> > 1.6, with a view to also deprecating the category attribute if and when
> > ontology support becomes mandatory. Does anyone have any objections?
> > Cheers,
> > Andy
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