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NAME

       Bio::DescribableI - interface for objects with human readable names and descriptions

SYNOPSIS

           # to test this is a describable object

           $obj->isa("Bio::DescribableI") ||
             $obj->throw("$obj does not implement the Bio::DescribableI interface");

           # accessors

           $name = $obj->display_name();
           $desc = $obj->description();

DESCRIPTION

       This interface describes methods expected on describable objects, ie ones which have human
       displayable names and descriptions

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AUTHOR - Ewan Birney

       Email birney@sanger.ac.uk

Implementation Specific Functions

       These functions are the ones that a specific implementation must define.

   display_name
        Title   : display_name
        Usage   : $string    = $obj->display_name()
        Function: A string which is what should be displayed to the user
                  the string should have no spaces (ideally, though a cautious
                  user of this interface would not assumme this) and should be
                  less than thirty characters (though again, double checking
                  this is a good idea)
        Returns : A scalar
        Status  : Virtual

   description
        Title   : description
        Usage   : $string    = $obj->description()
        Function: A text string suitable for displaying to the user a
                  description. This string is likely to have spaces, but
                  should not have any newlines or formatting - just plain
                  text. The string should not be greater than 255 characters
                  and clients can feel justified at truncating strings at 255
                  characters for the purposes of display
        Returns : A scalar
        Status  : Virtual