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What is the API Utility?

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The API Utility allows you to pull data from your system and display it anywhere:

  • websites / blogs,
  • course/learning management systems,
  • in your guides,
  • anywhere else you can think of that accepts iFrames or JavaScript!
 

How do you use it?

API options

  1. Choose what kind of data you want to pull out from the available options:
    • Lists of guides, subjects, or users,
    • A user profile,
    • A search box for your system,
    • A content box from your system, or
    • Your system's tag cloud.
  2. Once you choose an option, more options will appear.
    What appears depends on which option you choose.

    Make sure you check out the API Call Preview box on the screen to see how the different options affect the output.

    See the examples page for more information.
  3. When you've chosen all of the options you want, it's time to copy the code and put it...wherever you want!
    • URL: Use the URL output for placing the content in an iFrame.
    • JavaScript: Use the JavaScript output for placing the content anywhere in any page that accepts JavaScript. Use this option if you think you'll want to customize the output using CSS.

Example - Content Box:

Content Box API - data/preview example

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