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Please help with SRS5 URLs

Andy Law Andy.Law at bbsrc.ac.uk
Tue Jun 3 04:23:08 EST 1997

I just got round to finishing a program called MacBOB which assists with
viewing  BLAST and FASTA search results files. Part of what it does is
allow the user to retrieve a database sequence reported in the results file
by identifying the database alias and sequence ID and then constructing a
URL to fling at an SRS server. Unfortunately, it was based on the pre-SRS5
URL syntax, which I notice has just changed.

Can someone explain to me the minimal syntax I now need to make this work
effectively. Also, have all sites moved over to SRS5 now, or do I need to
code preferences for each site (4 versus 5).

FYI, I previously used the following syntax


substituting <ipname>, <dbase> and <id> with the relevant strings. There
seem to be a large number of other bits to the URL in version 5 and I'm not
sure what they do and which are essential or optional.

Any assistance will be gratefully received.


Andy Law
( Andy.Law at bbsrc.ac.uk )
( Big Nose in Edinburgh )

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