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This is an official Request for Comment (RFC) for General text file import framework.

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10/11/2006 Still under construction.

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This RFC is for the new import framework for general text files.

Biological Questions / Use Cases

Most of biological data files are available in text or Microsoft Excel file format. By implementing this function, users can import following files:

General Notes


This project contains two main components:

To provide maximm flexibility for users, the GUI should accept the following:

Deferred Items

Open Issues

The following is a prototype GUI for the file importer:


Features requested in the Hackason (first 2 days of Cytoscape retreat 2006) were the following:

Backward Compatibility

Expected growth and plan for growth


Implementation Plan

Prototype readers and GUI is done.


I think it should be useful if the text table import could be done via pasting (clipboard). I imagine a menu item Edit->Paste As..-> attributes table. I expect it is just a matter of parsing a stream of space or tab delimited chars...

TextFileImport (last edited 2009-02-12 01:03:04 by localhost)

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