The following specification details the GET or input function of the Yahoo BOSS API. There are two API calls that can be used in Yahoo BOSS API, a multi-service with keywords GET function and a multi-service and multi-keyword GET function that specifies the keywords per service to be searched.
Below is a list of data sources that can be used with the Query specifications described above:
|web||Yahoo web search index results with basic url, title, and abstract data.|
|limitedweb||Limited web results. Index refresh rate ~ 3days.|
|images||Image search. Image Search includes images from the Yahoo Image Search index and Flickr.|
|news||News search. News Search includes late breaking news articles from the past 30 days.|
|blogs||Blogs search [Beta]|
|ads||Advertising. If publisher has qualified for Yahoo Search Advertising.|
Support for XML and JSON formats are provided in the order the service was requested. 50 results are returned per query request for web, limitedweb, and news results.
URL encode any reserved characters in the query and parameters before sending the BOSS API call. See Reserved Characters and Escape Values for more information.