- Yahoo Web Services Blog | YDN Blog – Thu, Dec 15, 2005 3:54 PM EST
Since we launched the Yahoo! Search Web Services, we're received a number of requests to use our various regional search engines. We're happy to announce that you can now use the Yahoo! Web Search API to access the regional search engines behind Yahoo! UK Search, Yahoo! France Search, Yahoo! Germany Search and all the other available country-specific engines. Now you can specify the actual search engine used in addition to the country code of the search results.
To aim your search at a particular regional engine, simply pass in a region parameter (e.g. region=ca) to the Web Search API, and it will use the appropriate regional database.
In addition, Yahoo! Japan has made a Web Search API available in Japanese. Note that the Japanese Search Web Services are provided and supported separately from our other international web services; visit the Yahoo! Japan Developer Network for more information.
Finally, we've just launched Yahoo! Switzerland Search, and we'll have Swiss searchRead More »from New International Web Search Services
- Yahoo Web Services Blog | YDN Blog – Fri, Nov 4, 2005 4:09 PM EST
Yahoo! Maps Developers,
Our position has always been to allow usage of the Yahoo! Maps APIs free of charge for non-commercial use, as well as commercial use granted on a case-by-case basis. This is defined in our FAQ which also has instructions for how to contact us should you want to seek permission for commercial use.
In general, if you are displaying mashups featuring Yahoo! Maps on your site or application and you make your stuff available for free to users, you?e welcome to use the Yahoo! Maps APIs. This is true even if your site is supported by ads -- even ads from other vendors.
In June of this year, we gave developers the ability to overlay geographic data on a Yahoo! Map. Since then, we've seen a lot of terrific maps mash-ups. But you wanted more. You wanted the ability to embed Yahoo! Maps on your own Web site. You wanted to programmatically convert addresses into geocoded longitude/latitude pairs. You wanted more data feeds, such as highway traffic and local data, to plot on a map. But most importantly, you wanted a user experience that's better than any online mapping product out there.
Today we build on the success of the Simple Maps API by adding several new APIs for Yahoo! Maps. These products enable developers to use Yahoo! Maps in exciting new ways — including embedding maps on your Web site.
With this release, we are providing:
- APIs for both Flash and AJAX to give you a choice of presentation models
- Specific support for ActionScript and Macromedia Flex for Yahoo! Maps developers targeting Flash
- New "building block" APIs, including geocoding, traffic
Several people have asked us about compressing the XML we return from Yahoo! Search Web Services. We'd been reluctant to do it because some browsers and platforms claim to support compression without actually doing so. However, we can now return compressed data to clients that support compression while working well with systems that don't support it so well.
If you want the data we return to be compressed, do the following:
1) Use HTTP 1.1.
2) Pass in an 'Accept-Encoding: gzip' header.
3) Spoof your user-agent to be Mozilla/5.0 (or higher).
Don't forget to do the expansion on the other end!
Will this save you time? Quite possibly. XML compresses nicely, and savings of 50% on the data size are not uncommon. Depending on how busy your processor is, less data over the network may be fast enough to offset the cost of decompression.
We've added a new call to the Shopping API, User Product Review. It allows you to retrieve Yahoo! user reviews for a specific product and sort them in different ways so that you always find the reviews you are looking for. Track new recommendations, find the most recommended products and keep tabs on the low performers.
We've added two new feeds to help you keep up to date with the latest in the gaming world.
For the videogame aficionado, RSS feeds from Yahoo! Video Games give you a super easy way to access the content from the new and massively cool Yahoo! Videogames site. With a feedreader get real time notification of all the lates reviews, tips, previews, multimedia content and cheats. Get early access to the info directly from Yahoo!.
- Yahoo Web Services Blog | YDN Blog – Mon, Sep 19, 2005 5:04 PM EDT
We're happy to announce the launch of Yahoo!'s newest and easiest web utility, a form to help your Web site's visitors search for the most convenient flights from Yahoo! FareChase. The FareChase Easy Search form is great to add to sites for conferences, symposia and other gatherings.
The FareChase Easy Search Form is a cut-and-paste snippet of code that you can quickly incorporate into any Web page. Pick it up and give your users a handy way to search for the best fares around.