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[protege-discussion] How Does One Retrieve a MetaSlot Value ?

Schultz, Ron ron.schultz at
Sun Jan 21 20:36:16 PST 2007

I created a MetaSlot class that has the additional property Synonym. I
did this in the same way recommended on the Wiki for adding a Synonym to
a class, but I extended STANDARD SLOT instead of STANDARD CLASS. How do
I retrieve the synonym for a slot in Java code? Below is the code I have
for doing this to an instance of a class.


Ron Schultz

This is the code I am using to retrieve a class's synonym

	 * This method, when passed a frame, returns the synonym, if
	private String getSynonym(Frame frame) {

		List ownSlots = new
		Iterator i = ownSlots.iterator();

		while (i.hasNext()) {
			Slot ownSlot = (Slot);
			String ownSlotName = ownSlot.getBrowserText();
			if (ownSlotName.startsWith("SYNONYMS")) {
				Collection ownSlotValues =
				Iterator iValues =
				while (iValues.hasNext()) {
					Object obj =;
					// Return the first value of the
Synonyms list
					return obj.toString();
		return null;

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