We are shutting down this service on September 13, 2011. We suggest using maps from our partner Nokia. Please visit developer.here.net for more information.
The Yahoo! Maps Simple API offers a very easy way to display geographical content, build a store locator, plan a pub crawl, or create custom routes. To make things even easier, the API takes your actual address information and handles the geocoding for you - no more messing with preprocessing to generate XML already encoded with latitude/longitude!
Developers can use the Simple API to put custom information on a Yahoo! Map without programming. Your map is displayed on the Yahoo! Maps webpage, with links to relevant resources from Yahoo! Maps and Yahoo! Local.
Using data formatted in Web-standard RSS format combined with either latitude/longitude or address information, you can plot up to 100 points on a map, including custom description, URLs, labels, groups, icons, and more.
To help you get started, check out the documentation and the to-do list below, and join the Yahoo! Maps developer mailing list.
To access the Simple Maps API, you will need to get an application ID. It's easy and free.
Read the online Reference Manual to see how you can take advantage of the Yahoo! Maps Simple API with no programming required. See also our Yahoo! Web Services FAQ to help you get started with key concepts.
You can access the API as simply as passing an XML file for display on maps.yahoo.com. We have sample code to help you construct your XML input file. You can invoke the API with either "get" or "post" requests.
The Yahoo! Maps Simple API has no rate limit.
All Yahoo! Maps Web Services are discussed on the yws-maps mailing list.