I understand a new tool form module is rolling out in the next few weeks. Will
anything change in the HTML <form> hidden input submit fields? Right now tool
forms have the equivalent of:
<form id="tool_form" name="tool_form" action="../../../tool_runner"
target="galaxy_main" method="post" enctype="application/x-www-form-urlencoded">
<input type="hidden" name="refresh" value="refresh"/>
<input type="hidden" name="tool_id" value="bccdcSelectSubsets"/>
<input type="hidden" name="tool_state" value="3865326638 ....
<input type="hidden" name="input" value="4246"/>
<input type="hidden" name="incl_excl" value="1"/>
... and then on to the visible fields.
Currently one of my galaxy tools "blast_reporting" generates an html report
(form) which users can view and select items and submit - which calls another
tool with just the right parameters, as above, including tool_state value which
is copied once from viewing source of the live target tool form. 2nd tool
immediately generates the desired dataset. I know html form approach is a hack
but it works and it keeps things simple (its never part of a workflow).
However, a nice feature for the new tool form engine would be to have the tool
state accept an empty value="" for initial submission of forms. Is that
That way I wouldn't have to bother with one other yucky installation step for
my blast_reporting tool where one has to manually view source of an instance of
the target tool (bccdcSelectSubsets above) and retrieve the generic tool_state
field value setting.
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