[Biopython-dev] Genome Diagram Default Behavior

Leighton Pritchard Leighton.Pritchard at hutton.ac.uk
Thu Aug 2 07:42:47 UTC 2012


On 1 Aug 2012, at Wednesday, August 1, 18:15, Peter Cock wrote:

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM, Zachary Charlop-Powers
<zcharlop at mail.rockefeller.edu<mailto:zcharlop at mail.rockefeller.edu>> wrote:

I love that we're not in the same timezone; I ask a question when I leave
work and - lo,and, behold - when I return in the morning there is a well
thought out response.  Thank you both.

No worries.

I had a go this afternoon (a quite moment between rushes - grin),

Good job getting it done so quickly!

and it wasn't as bad as I feared.
To match the current sigil argument names BOX and ARROW, I have
provisionally called BIGARROW. Any better ideas?

BIGARROW sounds fine to me. I like literal names.

Leighton and I had a little debate about this - with hindsight, the
original arrow sigil might have raised an error or drawn a box in
this situation - but I'm not willing to change this and break existing

Likewise - now it's been there so long, I think it would be inconsistent at this point to change it. Arguably, the default setting has to choose a direction simply because (single-headed) arrows have a direction. For those figures where you're being precise, users can use a box for a feature with no direction; if it's pointing the wrong way, users can set the feature strand. Left-to-right as a default is arbitrary, though.



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