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Re: Re: Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg100002] Re: [mg99960] Re: Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica
  • From: David Reiss <dreiss at>
  • Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 00:16:11 -0400 (EDT)
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Getting access to the notebook (or PDF) version requires information
contained within the web page and associated unique identifiers of that
particular web page (you can see this by looking at the html source code of
the page and examining the javascript functions and their arguments).
If however, you take a peek at the W|A API documentation you will see that
the API will include functionality for getting notebooks directly.  But
getting notebooks directly from a simple link will probably not work at this
point (and may be a violation of the terms of service for W|A).
Best regards,


On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 8:57 AM, Ingolf Dahl <f9aid at> wrote:

> Have you noted the little link "Download as Live Mathematica" in the
> Wolfram Alpha response? I have managed to get that working, and when
> downloaded into Mathematica, a notebook will open and 3D graphics will be
> live. But I
> do not know how to bypass the HTML page and get the download of the
> notebook directly into Mathematica from a Mathematica call, which of course
> would be ideal for the Mathematica user.
> Best regards
> Ingolf Dahl
> -----Original Message-----
> From: gigabitbucket at [mailto:gigabitbucket at]
> Sent: den 20 maj 2009 11:00
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg99960] Re: Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica
> 1.) Presumably, at some point under some conditions, the (XML?) output
> of Wolfram|Alpha will be made available to Import[]. Does anyone have
> any comment, rumor, or progress to report?
> 2.) I'd like it if the Wolfram|Alpha toolbars included a button for
> ScienceWorld. Must be just an oversight. AFAICT, W|A doesn't mine
> ScienceWorld effectively. Maybe that'll evolve in a positive way. Or
> maybe I'll learn that I'm wrong.
> Fred Klingener
> On May 19, 6:48 am, magma <mader... at> wrote:
> > On Monday 19 MAY w/a was working well, i.e. no waiting time.
> >
> > David's tool is a very useful addition to our Mathematica weaponry.
> >
> > I also signal the Wolfram toolbar for your favourite browser is
> > available in the w/a site.
> > It has links to all major Wolfram sites and a query box.
> > Nice touch WRI!

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