January 2013 Release Notes

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Early this morning, we released several enhancements to our Catalog API that improve search result capabilities for Simple Search and Advanced Search requests, and allow you to use HTML in your Create Item and Update requests.

These enhancements include:

  • The addition of <StartIndex> and <EndIndex> to Simple Search and Advanced Search requests and responses, and the addition of <TotalRecordsCount> to Simple Search and Advanced Search responses. This lets you choose the matching search results for a catalog query that you wish to see, and to see matching results past the first 1000 results. The <TotalRecordsCount> indicates the total number of matching records (results) for a search. <StartIndex> and <EndIndex> allow you to specify a range of records to show from the matching records (up to a maximum of 1000 records at once). For example, if you have 5000 matching records returned and wish to see records 1001-2000, you can do this by entering a <StartIndex> of 1001 and an <EndIndex> of 2000.

  • Support of lt (less than) and gt (greater than) for Advanced Search.

  • The ability to include HTML in Create Item and Update requests, by wrapping HTML in [CDATA] tags. This allows you to more easily manage rich content, including product reviews, via the Catalog API.

Updated Catalog API documentation and an updated Catalog API XSD are available in our API online help section.

Other notes

For merchants using PayPal, please be advised that the displayed name of PayPal Website Payments Standard has been updated to PayPal Express Checkout. This change corrects an error in how the name was displayed and has no effect on the functionality or features of your account.

We’re currently at work on more features and enhancements to help you get the most from your online store, so be sure to watch the blog over the coming months for more release announcements.

Jennifer Farwell
Yahoo Small Business
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