Monday, July 18, 2005


Update to Yahoo Maps API to allow POSTING

Whilst I'm unconvinced of the general usefulness of the Yahoo maps API (since the maps cannot be integrated or otherwise embedded into other pages), they have just made them potentially a bit more useful.

The original API took a URL that supplied the RSS feed describing the map points. This URL therefore had to be accessible to Yahoo's servers - thus ruling out use on intranet sites, and on many sites where the data could not easily be written to a file.

The changed API allows the data to be supplied directly via the API, in the form of an HTTP POST. Details in a new POST section on the API documentation page.

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