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[bioontology-support] Pre-Populate "Preferred Name" text box from term id

Paul R Alexander palexander at
Fri Oct 1 11:43:01 PDT 2010

  No, the widget will not support this. We haven't had a need for this 
kind of usage, and I think the normal design pattern would be to either 
1) look up the label/preferred name from the REST service or 2) store 
the label/preferred name with the id, both would be done server-side 
before the HTML page was built and sent to the client.

Paul R Alexander
Web / UI Developer
NCBO BioPortal <>
Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

On 10/1/10 10:22 AM, Trish Whetzel wrote:
> Thanks for the additional information. I'm not sure if the widget 
> framework supports this type of use case.
> Paul, can you comment on this?
> Thanks,
> Trish
> On Sep 30, 2010, at 11:45 PM, Bhandare, Aniket wrote:
>> Trish,
>> Thanks for your inputs.
>> I was thinking more of usecase for saved data on the page.
>> E.g. let’s say user is creating study participant. On participant 
>> create page, user selected participant's race as “White” using 
>> "preferred name" widget and clicked save button on this page. Then 
>> hidden field "c_bioportal_concept_id" tells us concept_id for race as 
>> "185984009".
>> We will save this concept_id in our local database as participant 
>> race entered by user along with view/ontology id. So next time user 
>> logs in and revisits page for this study participant, user wants to 
>> see already saved data.
>> Is there a way to show race "White" in "preferred name" widget from 
>> saved concept_id "185984009" and view/ontology id "2057"? I felt it 
>> could be very common usecase for many applications and might be 
>> supported by bioportal "preferred name" widget.
>> Thanks,
>> -Aniket
>> *From:* Trish Whetzel [mailto:whetzel at]
>> *Sent:* Thursday, September 30, 2010 10:31 PM
>> *To:* Bhandare, Aniket
>> *Cc:* Nigam Shah; support
>> *Subject:* Re: Pre-Populate "Preferred Name" text box from term id
>> The widget does not support populating a default value. If you would 
>> like to display an example for the user to type, below is an example:
>> <input type="text" value="Enter a term, e.g. Melanoma" 
>> id="find_resource" size="30" style="width: 240px;" class="greyed 
>> ac_input">
>> Trish
>> On Sep 30, 2010, at 4:00 PM, Bhandare, Aniket wrote:
>> Hi Trish,
>> Nigam pointed me to link 
>> for 
>> widgets documentation
>> According to that, I wrote below code. E.g. Say I want to show "Race: 
>> West Indian" as default selection. Its id is "160531006" from view 
>> "2057". So I gave shortid="160531006" to pre-populate the textbox.
>> <input type="text" name="c" class="bp_form_complete-2057-name" 
>> size="20"*shortid*="160531006"/>
>> I have also tried setting 
>> shortid="" 
>> and 
>> uri="". 
>> Still it does not show me text box pre-populated with "Race: West 
>> Indian".
>> Can you please tell me the exact way to achieve this?
>> Thanks,
>> -Aniket
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