Wikipedia viewer in plain Js

Wikipedia viewer in plain Js
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I’ve a problem with my pen. The url of the call is correct but I don’t see the data in the console.
Help me to understand why please:)
I would like to use JavaScript and no jQuery.
Here’s my pen.

thanks a lot;



You are nearly there! Change your url to:

var url = "|extracts&pilimit=max&exintro&explaintext&exsentences=1&exlimit=max&gsrsearch=" + query + "&origin=*";

Notice the &origin=* at the end. This is due to CORS headers. Its a somewhat complicated concept but its basically what a server uses when controlling who can call its endpoints.

I like your approach of using just JS and no jQuery. Have a look into fetch for calling apis. Its supported in most modern browsers now. Its a bit more straightforward than XMLHttpRequest.


Look at your browser’s console (Ctrl+Shft+J in Chrome) and you will see the reason why it does not work.

In your url string variable replace &callback=? with &origin=*

This will allow you to see something, but then you will have to deal with a different issue related to the fact that data is not an array, but instead is an object, so the forEach method is not valid.


Thanks a lot! I saw the error in console. Now it works!
A last question: adding &origin=* at the end is good only for this API or in general for others?


Thanks:) Yes I can’t use forEach, now I’m studying the correct loop for this.
Thanks a lot!