FASTA format - proposed max line limit

Jerry Learn learn at u.washington.edu
Sun Dec 6 11:07:46 EST 1998

In article <366A2689.AAD5B4AE at bioreason.com>, Andrew Dalke
<dalke at bioreason.com> wrote:

> Jerry Learn <learn at u.washington.edu> commented:
> > One other benefit with constraining the comment line to 80 characters is
> > that the sequence files are e-mailable. Often I ask collaborators to send
> > me sequence data via email. It is usually the most convenient LCD method
> > to exchange data. If the comment line is >80 characters, the remaining
> > characters become sequence data.
> That's why there are MIME attachments.  Most modern mailers (the
> formal MIME definition started with RFC 1341 in 1992) let you attach
> files to your email.  Many cheap or even free email clients exist
> to handle this sort of mail, ranging from Eudora to Netscape to
> PINE, ELM and Mutt.  There's no reason to expect that a "least common
> denominator" approach cannot take advantage of that.

<tutorial omitted>

> In closing, use MIME.  It's good for you. :)
>                                                 Andrew Dalke
>                                                 dalke at bioreason.com


I'm glad I provided you with an opportunity to tell us all about MIME and

Of course, I already know about mime attachments and use them quite often.
My collaborators very quite a bit in their email-savvy, and I would prefer
no to have to provide them with instructions on how to use there email
program. Instead, I ask them to send the file as an attachment and if they
can't do that to send the file as an email message. 

If they want to name their sequences using "From yeast" and "From E.
coli," then I ahve to hav a different discussion on how to name one's


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