Hi Justin,

You are not alone!

Galaxy has limited understanding of column headers in a # line,
but there is room for improvement here certainly. I'm sure there
are open issues on some/all of these points but Trello is being
very slow and the only link I could find in my emails is:

https://trello.com/card/554-show-column-names-headers-or-first-entry-in-column-select-parameters/506338ce32ae458f6d15e4b3/436

Peter


On Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 6:06 PM, Justin Powell <justin_gal...@jacp1.com> wrote:
> 1) Could it be made possible to load generalised tabular data from file with
> column headings being recognised as column headings rather than appearing as
> the first row of the table? It looks like this is in general possible as
> more specific file types (e.g. gtf) do get displayed with column headings,
> so the data structures obviously support that.
>
> 2) With data sets that do have column headings, is there any reason why the
> 'Join two Datasets' tool couldn't retain the column headings from both sets
> in the final output rather than just the first one?
>
> 3) Could the 'Join two Datasets'  tool allow selection of the columns by
> name rather than by number?
>
> To me these three changes would make it much easier for our users to
> manipulate and join tables of genes and gene annotations, but I'm new to
> Galaxy and maybe there are reasons why it doesn't work this way?
>
> Justin
>
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