works-with-format for bioinformatics

Shaun Jackman sjackman at
Sun Nov 16 19:04:12 UTC 2008

2008/11/15 Stefano Zacchiroli <zack at>:
> On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 01:18:32PM -0800, Shaun Jackman wrote:
>> The following two tags are required (but missing currently) for the
>> field of bioinformatics.
> Please provide the data suggested by the FAQ reported above.

I just found the tag biology::format:fasta. How does this differ from
the nonexistant tag works-with-format::fasta? Why is the first
separator two colons (::) and the second separator a single colon (:)?
Seems arbitrary.

biology::format:fastq is also needed. maq, for example, reads FASTQ
format and not FASTA format. It's an important distinction.


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