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Example Webservice / API call- Yahoo Query Language with AutoHotkey


While we touched on this API in our API Webinar, I wanted to review a bit more and demonstrate the Yahoo Console which can greatly aide you in developing your API calls.  Below is the code I demonstrate in the video.  The Yahoo API is pretty straight-forward and, for many calls, you don’t need a secure Token or ID!
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Video demonstrating Example API call to Yahoo

 

Automate Unicode character encoding for HTML

Unicode character encoding

Our CMS does not support Unicode text thus when we need to search-replace for characters like the and © symbols. This takes a fair amount of time and is easy to miss so I wrote a script in AutoHotKey to automatically handle the Unicode character encoding.

Now I can highlight the word and click a button and  Whamo!  Instant replacement with HTML equivalents!  No more trying to scan text and find illegal characters.

Unicode character encoding

Here is the AutoHotKey code I use.  My code first grabs the highlighted text and copies it to the clipboard, where it manipulates it, then sends it back to the active program I was working in. No more need for Unicode character encoding!