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[bioontology-support] [bioontology-info] Flash Bioportal Ontology Tree javascript functions

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Tue Aug 31 18:55:57 PDT 2010

Thanks, we are investigating this further.


On Aug 30, 2010, at 1:28 PM, Ilias Gerostathopoulos wrote:

> I am trying to use the FMA ontology. I am not sure but I think the  
> same problem exists with other ontologies as well.
> Ilias
> 2010/8/30 Trish Whetzel <whetzel at>
> Which ontology are you trying to use with the Ontology Tree Widget?
> Trish
> On Aug 30, 2010, at 10:37 AM, Ilias Gerostathopoulos wrote:
>> Dear Sir,
>> in our effort to make use of a NCBO widget, namely the OntologyTree  
>> Widget documented in the NCBO wiki ( 
>> ) as part of the theses we are working on concerning the "Semantic  
>> Medical Image Annotation" area we jumped into a problem and need  
>> your advice and help.
>> Our goal is to interact with the Flash Bioportal Ontology Tree  
>> using the javascript functions you provide in the wiki page. The  
>> problem is that these functions will not work both in case of  
>> embedding the Flash Application using javascript and using html  
>> (with <object> tag). For example, when the function  
>> getOntologyName() is fired the javascript console informs us that  
>> the app.getOntologyName function of the embedded object does not  
>> exist (even though the "app" object exists meaning that the  
>> getApp() function works properly). Please note that the problem  
>> takes place only in the javascript functions that call a flash  
>> object's function (like the getOntologyName() mentioned above) and  
>> not in the javascipt functions that listen to the flash object's  
>> events like the appComplete(swfID) which work fine.
>> We would be grateful if you could check the above functions and  
>> tell us if they work properly, so that we can be sure we make the  
>> fault in the way we use them. If that is the case, could you  
>> provide us more specific details regarding the way to embed them in  
>> our web app?
>> It is very important for us to make use of the extra functionality  
>> you provide though these functions as this will be a serious boost  
>> to the functionality of our theses application as a whole.
>> Thank you in advance,
>> Ilias Gerostathopoulos
>> - Προβολή αναφερ. κειμ. -
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