Some extensions may identify sets of Selectables that it would be useful for other extensions to be able to identify, or for the user to select from the Selection menu. For example, the ChemGroup extension identifies chemical entities such as aromatic rings. It is useful to allow other extensions (and the user) to also pick out these entities without replicating the ChemGroup code. This is accomplished by registering selections with the Chimera selection manager.
The Chimera selection manager is defined in
Selections are registered with the selection manager
as strings (either Python code or
and are made available
in the Chimera Selection menu.
Selections can (only) be retrieved from the selection manager en masse
as a dictionary organized in the same fashion as the Selection
menu. The keys in the dictionary are the same as the menu
labels, and the values are either a 2-tuple of the registered
selection string and a help description, or a dictionary
introducing a submenu which is organized the same as the main dictionary.
selectionFromText method of the selection manager
converts a registered selection string into the appropriate
chimera.selection.manager also defines
the CodeItemizedSelection class, which is similar
to the CodeSelection class described above, except
that the code is given an empty ItemizedSelection to fill in
instead of functions to apply.
The Python strings registered with the selection manager are expected to be useable in conjunction with CodeItemizedSelections.
This example is not yet finished. Sorry!