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Task #4100 (new)

Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

Handle mixed OME/non-OME XML blocks

Reported by: curtis Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone: Unscheduled
Component: Bio-Formats Version: OMERO-5.2.0
Keywords: model, OMEXMLReader Cc: jamoore, sbesson, mtbcarroll, rleigh
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Description (last modified by ajpatterson)

When looking for OME-XML blocks, Bio-Formats assumes the entire tree will be enclosed in a root <OME> element, with no extraneous root elements or non-OME subtrees anywhere. Ideally, we would like to handle more heterogeneous cases, including:

  • Non-OME block after an OME block
  • Non-OME block before an OME block
  • Multiple OME blocks, and/or multiple non-OME blocks

Obviously, there is not a lot we can do with arbitrary XML from a practical perspective other than ignore it, but for now the goal is merely to avoid throwing an exception in these cases.

Change History (12)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by jmoore

imported from bio-formats:#305

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by ajpatterson

  • Description modified (diff)
  • Milestone changed from Unscheduled to OMERO-Beta4.3.2

Need to consider for validation work in 4.3.2 milestone.

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by ajpatterson

Referencing ticket #6309 has changed sprint.

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by mlinkert

  • Milestone changed from OMERO-Beta4.3.2 to Unscheduled

comment:5 Changed 9 years ago by jburel

Referencing ticket #6309 has changed sprint.

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by ajpatterson

Referencing ticket #6309 has changed sprint.

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by jamoore

Referencing ticket #6309 has changed sprint.

comment:8 Changed 5 years ago by jamoore

Referencing ticket #6309 has changed sprint.

comment:9 Changed 5 years ago by mlinkert

  • Cc jamoore sbesson mtbcarroll added
  • Keywords model OMEXMLReader added
  • Owner mlinkert deleted
  • Version set to OMERO-5.2.0

I don't know of any examples of this in practice, and given the age of the ticket am not sure if it would even still be a problem. OK with me to close this, but expanding CC in case anyone else has thoughts (possibly in connection with and/or

comment:10 Changed 5 years ago by mtbcarroll

I've no noteworthy thoughts on this but thank you for asking. Perhaps it's significant that nobody seems to have commented further (with any kind of "me/them too", etc.) over the years.

comment:11 Changed 5 years ago by rleigh

To some extent, this is already supported I think.

If the OME element is the top-level document element, there can only be one top-level element for it to be a well-formed valid XML document: you can't add elements before or after in this case.

If the OME element is contained as a sub-element within a larger non-OME document, you can have non-OME elements before and/or after the OME element. In this case, you can take the OME element and use this to directly construct a tree of model objects. You could likewise reverse the process to inject the OME elements into an existing document structure. This wouldn't be supported by the existing readers and writers; it would need the user to explictly handle the non-OME XML and then hand over the OME subtree for processing by bioformats inside a custom reader or writer for the extended format in use.

The case which isn't supported at all is a mixed content document where we have non-OME elements interspersed with OME schema elements under the OME element. This would not pass validation though, and I don't think was covered by the cases Curtis mentioned.

I think that to do anything concretely here we would need some scenarios for how it would be used. If custom processing isn't possible inside a specific reader or writer, as mentioned above, is the expectation that the OME-TIFF or OME-XML readers and writers should be able to process such documents?

comment:12 Changed 5 years ago by mtbcarroll

  • Cc rleigh added
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