The data structures and interfaces included in this package define an interoperable framework for simple controlled vocabularies.
When describing and representing domain-specific systems, there is frequently a need for a string type that can only assume a limited set of allowed values, a set, however, that is allowed to change over time (as values are added or removed) or space (different servers accepting different sets of strings). This need is addressed by this package.
A reference implementation of the controlled vocabularies was developed at European Bioinformatics Institute as an open source project candy.
The controlled vocabulary package consists of
- an interface CandyFinder whose main task is to provide all available vocabularies,
- an interface CandyVocabulary who represents one controlled vocabulary, and
- a class CandyEntry representing one entry/value in a controlled vocabulary.
Interface Summary Interface Description CandyFinderThis interface is a main entry point to a set of controlled vocabularies. CandyVocabularyThis interface defines functionality of a controlled vocabulary.
Class Summary Class Description CandyEntryThis is a basic container for a vocabulary entry.
Exception Summary Exception Description CandyException