- AUTHOR - Ewan Birney
- Implementation Specific Functions
Bio::DescribableI - interface for objects with human readable names and descriptions
# to test this is a describable object $obj->isa("Bio::DescribableI") || $obj->throw("$obj does not implement the Bio::DescribableI interface"); # accessors $name = $obj->display_name(); $desc = $obj->description();
This interface describes methods expected on describable objects, ie ones which have human displayable names and descriptions
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These functions are the ones that a specific implementation must define.
Title : display_name Usage : $string = $obj->display_name() Function: A string which is what should be displayed to the user the string should have no spaces (ideally, though a cautious user of this interface would not assume this) and should be less than thirty characters (though again, double checking this is a good idea) Returns : A scalar Status : Virtual
Title : description Usage : $string = $obj->description() Function: A text string suitable for displaying to the user a description. This string is likely to have spaces, but should not have any newlines or formatting - just plain text. The string should not be greater than 255 characters and clients can feel justified at truncating strings at 255 characters for the purposes of display Returns : A scalar Status : Virtual