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

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Thu Dec 8 10:38:04 PST 2011

Hi Marco, 

The issue is not with the "/" character. We worked with the Rat Genome Database folks and their Rat Strain Ontology has a lot of interesting characters that we tested the search with so strings like "DA.F344-Aia1/1" can be used with the Search, url-encoded of course. E.g.{YourAPIKey}. At best I can see right now is that there might be a problem with the search within subtree.


PS - I don't think the Search call takes the param "level"

On Dec 8, 2011, at 11:52 AM, Marco Brandizi wrote:

> 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:
> 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 working?
> Thanks in advance for any help.
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