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[bioontology-support] REST query with a slash in the search string

Marco Brandizi brandizi at
Thu Dec 8 03:52:38 PST 2011

Hi all,

sorry if the following question has already been asked, I cannot find a 
reference to this. Bioportal REST seems to fail when it gets a string 
with a slash character in it, for instance this:<my-key>&level=1&includeproperties=0&isexactmatch=1&ontologyids=1136&subtreerootconceptid=efo%3AEFO_0003740

which I'm trying to use to see if there is 'Mutant / Wild type 
comparison_design' under the tree rooted at EFO_0003740, instead tells 
me a 404/Not Found, which I interpret as the inability to recognise that 
the %2F (note it's escaped) is part of the search string.

Is there any massaging/escaping/etc I can do to the input to make it 

Thanks in advance for any help.


Marco Brandizi, PhD<brandizi at>

Microarray Group - Sr Software Engineer

European Bioinformatics Institute
Hinxton, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
Office A3141

Tel.: +44 (0)1223 492 613
Fax: +44 (0)1223 492 620

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