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From Scott Wilson <>
Subject Re: Widgets in Moodle and Elgg
Date Tue, 02 Aug 2011 08:31:00 GMT

On 27 Jul 2011, at 11:42, Ross Gardler wrote:

> On 27 July 2011 08:49, Michael Aram <> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> wouldn't it make sense to use the "shared_data_key" for this kind of
>> feature? Assuming, that the container already chose a sensible
>> shared_data_key during instantiation (e.g. the current page, or the current
>> course) for the widget instances of interest, then a Wookie REST API
>> function like
>> GET {wookie}/widgetinstances {params: api_key, shared_data_key}
> It's a good idea, but it won't give the information required. This
> would tell us all instances that have been created with that key. It
> won't tell us which instances are currently displayed on the container
> page. There is no way for the Wookie server to know what a container
> is currently displaying and I doubt it would be a good idea for it to
> have such a tight integration.

If you are using a vhost configuration where your platform and wookie use the same origin,
a simple method is to use the page itself to gather the information. Each widget iframe contains
the widget metadata object in its top level browsing context, so you can iterate over all
the child iframes in the dom and get hold of widget.identifier; e.g.:

var widgets = [];
var iframes = document.getElementsByTagName("iframe")
for (var i=0; i<iframes.length;i++){

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