R interface to access the RECO POX web services of the ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) Vocabularies database < https://vocab.ices.dk/services/POX.aspx>.
o Switched to using https route to webservice to fix errors introduced by http redirection from http to https on the web server for systems unable to handle http redirection.
o Fixed mistake in using wget method in download.file. Now if download.file is unsuccessful, the slower url() function will be used in place.
o Added function findAphia() to look up species codes.
o Added function findCode() to look up codes given a code type.
o Added function findCodeType() to look up code types.
o Improved XML parsing, so both leading and trailing white space is removed.
o Improved XML parsing, so "" and "NA" is converted to NA.
o Improved XML parsing of code details so that child and parent relations are returned.
o Improved url reading to avoid the use of RCurl.
o Initial release.