[seqfan] Re: tilde at the beginning of a line when entering a new sequence

Russ Cox rsc at swtch.com
Sat Nov 26 02:41:32 CET 2011

On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM, W. Edwin Clark <wclark at mail.usf.edu> wrote:
> What is the significance (if any) of the ~  (tilde) at the beginning
> of each line of a new entry?  When entering a new sequence
> today I removed the tilde and got a message that the sequence
> data wasn't in the correct format. When I replaced tilde, the sequence
> data was accepted.
> If ~ plays a role, perhaps this should be stated in the instructions
> for entering a sequence. Or, is it and I just missed it?

The tilde has no significance except that it makes the line
not completely empty, which makes it easier to click on.
If you leave the tilde in, it gets removed by the server.

The message about the sequence data not being in the
right format should have been followed by a bullet list
explaining the specific problems.  The tilde was probably
not the reason it worked the second time.


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