RE: enumeration values
- Subject: RE: enumeration values
- From: "Bollinger, John C" <John.Bollinger@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 08:59:32 -0500
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You are right that it is possible to construct a DDL2 definition that suffers from the same problem. In fact, the mmCIF versions of the items we have been discussing are direct translations of their CIF Core equivalents, so you wouldn’t realize any advantage by translating to mmCIF data names (which I never intended to suggest as a solution). My point was that the current official DDL2 dictionaries, especially the mmCIF dictionary, were constructed more carefully and intentionally than the (DDL1) CIF Core dictionary originally was, even though the mmCIF dictionary has inherited some of the Core dictionary’s problems through implementation of Core-compatibility definitions. In retrospect, my previous comments about DDL1 vs. DDL2 were a bit of a red herring, for which I now apologize.
I am not a member of COMCIFS, and I do not represent IUCr, so I cannot speak with any authority about to the likelihood of COMCIFS accepting DDL additions and dictionary changes such as you suggest. As a totally non-authoritative guess, however, I think the chances are slim, especially because COMCIFS has already implemented a different solution (deprecating _atom_site_refinement_flags in favor of the trio of data names we already discussed). The chosen solution did not change the validity of any CIFs that use the deprecated name, but I believe that was by design. Nevertheless, If you are intent on petitioning for additional changes then do not let me dissuade you.
At this (late) point, I am compelled to ask what problem you actually want solved. If it is simply to process existing CIFs without validation errors / warnings, then I have already made two suggestions. Of those, easiest is probably to add the flag combinations to your local copy of the Core dictionary. If the problem is to ensure that CIFs you distribute are valid with respect to the official dictionaries, then the only currently available option is to translate your CIFs to replace the deprecated name with the replacement trio. If the problem is philosophical dissatisfaction with the facts that the dictionary is internally inconsistent and that there are therefore many formally invalid CIFs in circulation, then your only option is to ask COMCIFS for changes such as you have described, or for additions to the enumeration of allowed values for _atom_site_refinement_flags (such as I have described). Because you raised the issue on this list, I inferred that your problem was one of the first two. If it is in fact the third, then you will need to address it to COMCIFS to have any hope of resolution.
John C. Bollinger, Ph.D.
Department of Structural Biology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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