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[protege-discussion] Protege-web question

Tania Tudorache tudorache at
Wed Aug 12 13:09:32 PDT 2009

Hi Avi,

As you have probably read, WebProtege is intended to be highly 
customizable. We are trying to get there, but there is still work to be 
done. So please bear with us :)

There are many things that you can configure right now. For example, 
which tabs to load and which portlets for a certain project is 
controlled by the project configuration file, that you can find in the 

The configuration.xml file is the default layout for all projects. If 
you want your own configuration for a project, load the project into 
webprotege, login with your user name, close or add tabs and portlets, 
and then click on "Save Layout". You will see that a new configuration 
file is generated called:


This file stores the project config per project and user. If you want to 
have a default project config for all users, then just rename




If you look inside the configuration xml files you will see that the 
whole layout is described. For instance, you will see which portlets go 
in which column of a tab, and any additional properties of the portlets.

There is a very powerful editing portlet, called the 
PropertyFieldPortlet, that is not yet documented (lack of time), but it 
is included in the distribution. This portlet allows you to edit the 
values of an instance or class using forms (textfields, grids, etc.). 
Unfortunately, you will need to configure the layout of this portlet by 
hand in the xml file. There is an example config file in 
war/projectConfigurations/ICD 1.5_No user.xml that you can use for 
inspiration. We will document all this, once we get over some important 
internal deadlines.

Now coming back to your question. I have just committed an enhancement 
in SVN that allows you to specify in the project configuration file, the 
instances of which class to show in the individuals list portlet.

You will need to edit the configuration file manually, and edit the 
entries (example for Newspaper project and Article class):


This enhancement is only in SVN, not in the current build. So, if you 
need it, you will have to compile WebProtege yourself. It is not hard to 
do, basically just run the ant file with the target "deploy" and it will 
generate a new war file. But, first, you will need edit the file with the paths on your computer.

Alternatively, you can use the Eclipse development guide that is still 
work in progress, but it should work:

You do not need to build WebProtege yourself, if you can wait until 
we'll do the next release.

I'm coping this email on the mailing list, because it may be of interest 
to others and we should continue the discussion there.


Avi Rozental wrote:
> Dear Jennifer, Tania,
> We are using the protege for a while and now trying to use the web 
> version (it looks great).
> Our setup is OK, and we can run the example and load our ontology fine.
> Now, we are trying to change the looks, so that we can control and 
> load different tabs.
> For example we have a class called message, and we want to load just a 
> list of the messages in a separate tab (we are trying to use 
> the IndividualsListPortlet). and when click on an individual item, to 
> show the values in a separate tab.
> So far no luck...
> Is this possible? 
> Can you please point us in the right direction?
> We are using the following software versions:
> Eclipse 3.4.1
> Protege 3.4
> Web-protege 1.7.0
> Many thanks,
> Kind Regards,
> Avi rozental
> Anatxt solutions R&D

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