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A.10.1.16 Invoke Service

Configuration for Invoke Service action

Configuration for Invoke Service action

The Invoke Service action is only appropriate (and only visible by default) for tables in the VOTable (or FITS-plus) format which include Service Desriptor elements as defined in the DataLink standard. These service descriptors can provide information on how to invoke an external data service of some kind, which is usually related to the data in the table, and usually can be invoked differently for each row in the table (for instance using one of the table columns as a parameter of the invocation URL). For instance a Service Descriptor may be attached to a table to provide a rule for finding an additional data product (like a time series or preview image) for each row in a table.

This action invokes one of these service descriptors for the activated row.

Configuration:

Action
Determines what to do with the URL that invoking the chosen service on an activated row defines. An attempt is made to come up with a sensible default based on the available information, but you may need to select one manually from the list. Most of the action options have behaviour that is similar to a corresponding activation action, as noted below. The options are: Note that there currently is not much opportunity to customise the behaviour of the various Action options supplied by this window; these actions are less configurable than their corresponding Activation Actions.
Service
If the current table has multiple service descriptors, this allows you to select which one to use. In the common case that there is only one service descriptor for a table, this option does not appear. If there are no service descriptors, this action is disabled.
Service Parameters
Some service descriptors have additional user-supplied parameters. In this case, a set of fields will be displayed at the bottom of the configuration panel (defaults may or may not be present) allowing you to supply values. Note that the user interface for supplying these parameters is currently very basic, and may be improved in future releases.


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Starlink User Note253
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