eBay Trading API899

GetDescriptionTemplates

Use this call to retrieve the Theme and Layout specifications for the display of an item's description. If desired, you can retrieve template information for specific categories and you can set the LastModifiedTime field to return templates by date.

See Using Description Templates.



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Input

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See also the Deprecated Objects link above. Fields presented in this color are deprecated, and fields presented in this color are (or soon will be) non-operational.

The XML prototype does not include requester credentials. This is a documentation limitation only (see Standard Requester Credentials for Making Calls).

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<GetDescriptionTemplatesRequest xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <!-- Call-specific Input Fields -->
  <CategoryID> string </CategoryID>
  <LastModifiedTime> dateTime </LastModifiedTime>
  <MotorVehicles> boolean </MotorVehicles>
  <!-- Standard Input Fields -->
  <ErrorLanguage> string </ErrorLanguage>
  <MessageID> string </MessageID>
  <Version> string </Version>
  <WarningLevel> WarningLevelCodeType </WarningLevel>
</GetDescriptionTemplatesRequest>
Argument Type Occurrence Meaning
Call-specific Input Fields [Jump to standard fields]
CategoryID string Optional The category for which to retrieve templates. Enter any category ID, including Motors vehicle categories. This is ignored if you also send MotorVehicles.
Max length: 10.
LastModifiedTime dateTime Optional If specified, only those templates modified on or after the specified date are returned. If not specified, all templates are returned.
MotorVehicles boolean Optional Indicates whether to retrieve templates for motor vehicle categories for eBay Motors (site 100). If true, templates are returned for motor vehicle categories. If false, templates are returned for non-motor vehicle categories such as Parts and Accessories. If included as an input field (whether true or false), this overrides any value provided for CategoryID.
Standard Input Fields  
ErrorLanguage string Optional Use ErrorLanguage to return error strings for the call in a different language from the language commonly associated with the site that the requesting user is registered with. Specify the standard RFC 3066 language identification tag (e.g., en_US).

ID Country
en_AU Australia
de_AT Austria
nl_BE Belgium (Dutch)
fr_BE Belgium (French)
en_CA Canada
fr_CA Canada (French)
zh_CN China
fr_FR France
de_DE Germany
zh_HK Hong Kong
en_IN India
en_IE Ireland
it_IT Italy
nl_NL Netherlands
en_SG Singapore
es_ES Spain
de_CH Switzerland
en_GB United Kingdom
en_US United States

See Tags for the Identification of Languages.

MessageID string Optional Most Trading API calls support a MessageID element in the request and a CorrelationID element in the response. If you pass in a MessageID in a request, the same value will be returned in the CorrelationID field in the response. Pairing these values can help you track and confirm that a response is returned for every request and to match specific responses to specific requests. If you do not pass a MessageID value in the request, CorrelationID is not returned.

Note: GetCategories is designed to retrieve very large sets of metadata that change once a day or less often. To improve performance, these calls return cached responses when you request all available data (with no filters). When this occurs, the MessageID and CorrelationID fields aren't applicable. However, if you specify an input filter to reduce the amount of data returned, the calls retrieve the latest data (not cached). When this occurs, MessageID and CorrelationID are applicable.
Version string Conditional The version number of the API code that you are programming against (e.g., 859). The version you specify for a call has these basic effects:
- It indicates the version of the code lists and other data that eBay should use to process your request.
- It indicates the schema version you are using.
You need to use a version that is greater than or equal to the lowest supported version.

For the SOAP API: If you are using the SOAP API, this field is required. Specify the version of the WSDL your application is using.

For the XML API: If you are using the XML API, this field has no effect. Instead, specify the version in the X-EBAY-API-COMPATIBILITY-LEVEL HTTP header. (If you specify Version in the body of an XML API request and it is different from the value in the HTTP header, eBay returns an informational warning that the value in the HTTP header was used instead.)

See:
    Routing the Request (Gateway URLs)
    eBay Schema Versioning Strategy
    Lowest Supported Version

WarningLevel WarningLevelCodeType Optional Controls whether or not to return warnings when the application passes unrecognized or deprecated elements in a request.

An unrecognized element is one that is not defined in any supported version of the schema. Schema element names are case-sensitive, so using WarningLevel can also help you remove any potential hidden bugs within your application due to incorrect case or spelling in field names before you put your application into the Production environment.

WarningLevel only validates elements; it doesn't validate XML attributes. It also doesn't control warnings related to user-entered strings or numbers, or warnings for logical errors.

We recommend that you only use this during development and debugging. Do not use this in requests performed in the Production environment.

Applicable values:

High
(in) Return warnings when the application passes unrecognized or deprecated elements in a request.
Low
(in) Do not return warnings when the application passes unrecognized or deprecated elements in a request. This is the default value if WarningLevel is not specified.

See Warning Level.



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Output

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<GetDescriptionTemplatesResponse xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <!-- Call-specific Output Fields -->
  <DescriptionTemplate> DescriptionTemplateType
    <GroupID> int </GroupID>
    <ID> int </ID>
    <ImageURL> anyURI </ImageURL>
    <Name> string </Name>
    <TemplateXML> string </TemplateXML>
    <Type> DescriptionTemplateCodeType </Type>
  </DescriptionTemplate>
  <!-- ... more DescriptionTemplate nodes allowed here ... -->
  <LayoutTotal> int </LayoutTotal>
  <ObsoleteLayoutID> int </ObsoleteLayoutID>
  <!-- ... more ObsoleteLayoutID values allowed here ... -->
  <ObsoleteThemeID> int </ObsoleteThemeID>
  <!-- ... more ObsoleteThemeID values allowed here ... -->
  <ThemeGroup> ThemeGroupType
    <GroupID> int </GroupID>
    <GroupName> string </GroupName>
    <ThemeID> int </ThemeID>
    <!-- ... more ThemeID values allowed here ... -->
    <ThemeTotal> int </ThemeTotal>
  </ThemeGroup>
  <!-- ... more ThemeGroup nodes allowed here ... -->
  <ThemeTotal> int </ThemeTotal>
  <!-- Standard Output Fields -->
  <Ack> AckCodeType </Ack>
  <Build> string </Build>
  <CorrelationID> string </CorrelationID>
  <Errors> ErrorType
    <ErrorClassification> ErrorClassificationCodeType </ErrorClassification>
    <ErrorCode> token </ErrorCode>
    <ErrorParameters ParamID="string"> ErrorParameterType
      <Value> string </Value>
    </ErrorParameters>
    <!-- ... more ErrorParameters nodes allowed here ... -->
    <LongMessage> string </LongMessage>
    <SeverityCode> SeverityCodeType </SeverityCode>
    <ShortMessage> string </ShortMessage>
  </Errors>
  <!-- ... more Errors nodes allowed here ... -->
  <HardExpirationWarning> string </HardExpirationWarning>
  <Timestamp> dateTime </Timestamp>
  <Version> string </Version>
</GetDescriptionTemplatesResponse>
Return Value Type Occurrence Meaning
Call-specific Output Fields [Jump to standard fields]
DescriptionTemplate DescriptionTemplateType Always,
repeatable: [1..*]
The information for one Theme or one Layout. There can be multiple DescriptionTemplates.
DescriptionTemplate.GroupID int Always Unique identifier for the group in which a Theme falls (holidays, special events, etc.). Not returned for Layouts.
DescriptionTemplate.ID int Always Unique identifier for one Theme or Layout.
DescriptionTemplate.ImageURL anyURI Always URL for a small (100x120 pixel) image providing a sample of how a Theme or Layout looks.
DescriptionTemplate.Name string Always Unique text name of the Theme or Layout.
DescriptionTemplate
  .TemplateXML
string Always XML defining the template. Elements you must include in your XML: ThemeTop, ThemeUserCellTop, ThemeUserContent, ThemeUserCellBottom, ThemeBottom. Not returned for Layouts.
DescriptionTemplate.Type DescriptionTemplateCodeType Always Either Layout or Theme.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(out) Reserved for future use.
Layout
(out) This value indicates that the Listing Designer template is a layout template that controls how pictures and description text are positioned on the View Item page.
Theme
(out) This value indicates that the Listing Designer template is a theme template that determines which eBay-provided theme (e.g. Valentine's Day) is to be applied for presenting pictures and description text.

LayoutTotal int Always The number of Layout templates returned (that is, the number of DescriptionTemplates for which Type is "Layout").
ObsoleteLayoutID int Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
The ID of a returned layout that is obsolete. There can be zero or more IDs.
ObsoleteThemeID int Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
The ID of a returned theme that is obsolete. There can be zero or more IDs.
ThemeGroup ThemeGroupType Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
Data for one theme group. There can be multiple ThemeGroups in the response.
ThemeGroup.GroupID int Conditionally Unique identifier for this theme group.
ThemeGroup.GroupName string Conditionally Name of this theme group (localized to the language associated with the eBay site).
ThemeGroup.ThemeID int Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
Unique identifier for each theme in this group. There is at least one theme in a theme group.
ThemeGroup.ThemeTotal int Conditionally The number of ThemeID elements in this group.
ThemeTotal int Always The number of Theme templates returned (that is, the number of DescriptionTemplates for which Type is "Theme").
Standard Output Fields  
Ack AckCodeType Always A token representing the application-level acknowledgement code that indicates the response status (e.g., success). The AckCodeType list specifies the possible values for the Ack field.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(out) Reserved for internal or future use.
Failure
(out) Request processing failed
Success
(out) Request processing succeeded
Warning
(out) Request processing completed with warning information being included in the response message

(Not all values in AckCodeType apply to this field.)
Build string Always This refers to the specific software build that eBay used when processing the request and generating the response. This includes the version number plus additional information. eBay Developer Support may request the build information when helping you resolve technical issues.
CorrelationID string Conditionally Most Trading API calls support a MessageID element in the request and a CorrelationID element in the response. If you pass in a MessageID in a request, the same value will be returned in the CorrelationID field in the response. Pairing these values can help you track and confirm that a response is returned for every request and to match specific responses to specific requests. If you do not pass a MessageID value in the request, CorrelationID is not returned.

Note: GetCategories is designed to retrieve very large sets of metadata that change once a day or less often. To improve performance, these calls return cached responses when you request all available data (with no filters). When this occurs, the MessageID and CorrelationID fields aren't applicable. However, if you specify an input filter to reduce the amount of data returned, the calls retrieve the latest data (not cached). When this occurs, MessageID and CorrelationID are applicable.
Errors ErrorType Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
A list of application-level errors (if any) that occurred when eBay processed the request.

See Error Handling.

Errors.ErrorClassification ErrorClassificationCodeType Conditionally API errors are divided between two classes: system errors and request errors.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(out) Reserved for internal or future use.
RequestError
(out) An error has occurred either as a result of a problem in the sending application or because the application's end-user has attempted to submit invalid data (or missing data). In these cases, do not retry the request. The problem must be corrected before the request can be made again. If the problem is due to something in the application (such as a missing required field), the application must be changed. If the problem is a result of end-user data, the application must alert the end-user to the problem and provide the means for the end-user to correct the data. Once the problem in the application or data is resolved, resend the request to eBay with the corrected data.
SystemError
(out) Indicates that an error has occurred on the eBay system side, such as a database or server down. An application can retry the request as-is a reasonable number of times (eBay recommends twice). If the error persists, contact Developer Technical Support. Once the problem has been resolved, the request may be resent in its original form.

Errors.ErrorCode token Conditionally A unique code that identifies the particular error condition that occurred. Your application can use error codes as identifiers in your customized error-handling algorithms. See the "Errors by Number" document.
Errors.ErrorParameters ErrorParameterType Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
This optional element carries a list of context-specific error variables that indicate details about the error condition. These are useful when multiple instances of ErrorType are returned.
Errors.ErrorParameters
  [ attribute ParamID ]
string Conditionally This optional element carries a list of context-specific error variables that indicate details about the error condition. These are useful when multiple instances of ErrorType are returned.
Errors.ErrorParameters.Value string Conditionally The value of the variable (e.g., the attribute set ID)
Errors.LongMessage string Conditionally A more detailed description of the condition that raised the error.
Errors.SeverityCode SeverityCodeType Conditionally Indicates whether the error is a severe error (causing the request to fail) or an informational error (a warning) that should be communicated to the user.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(out) Reserved for internal or future use.
Error
(out) The request that triggered the error was not processed successfully. When a serious application-level error occurs, the error is returned instead of the business data.

If the source of the problem is within the application (such as a missing required element), change the application before you retry the request.
  • If the problem is due to end-user input data, please alert the end-user to the problem and provide the means for them to correct the data. Once the problem in the application or data is resolved, you can attempt to re-send the request to eBay.
  • If the source of the problem is on eBay's side, An application can retry the request as-is a reasonable number of times (eBay recommends twice). If the error persists, contact Developer Technical Support. Once the problem has been resolved, the request may be resent in its original form.


See the Compatible Application Check section of the eBay Features Guide for more information.
Warning
(out) The request was processed successfully, but something occurred that may affect your application or the user. For example, eBay may have changed a value the user sent in. In this case, eBay returns a normal, successful response and also returns the warning.

When a warning occurs, the error is returned in addition to the business data. In this case, you do not need to retry the request (as the original request was successful). However, depending on the cause or nature of the warning, you might need to contact either the end user or eBay to effect a long term solution to the problem to prevent it from reoccurring in the future.

Errors.ShortMessage string Conditionally A brief description of the condition that raised the error.
HardExpirationWarning string Conditionally Expiration date of the user's authentication token. Only returned within the 7-day period prior to a token's expiration. To ensure that user authentication tokens are secure and to help avoid a user's token being compromised, tokens have a limited life span. A token is only valid for a period of time (set by eBay). After this amount of time has passed, the token expires and must be replaced with a new token.
Timestamp dateTime Always This value represents the date and time when eBay processed the request. The time zone of this value is GMT and the format is the ISO 8601 date and time format (YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSSZ). See the Time Values section in the eBay Features Guide for information about this time format and converting to and from the GMT time zone.

Note: GetCategories and other Trading API calls are designed to retrieve very large sets of metadata that change once a day or less often. To improve performance, these calls return cached responses when you request all available data (with no filters). When this occurs, this time value reflects the time the cached response was created. Thus, this value is not necessarily when the request was processed. However, if you specify an input filter to reduce the amount of data returned, the calls retrieve the latest data (not cached). When this occurs, this time value does reflect when the request was processed.
Version string Always The version of the response payload schema. Indicates the version of the schema that eBay used to process the request. See the Standard Data for All Calls section in the eBay Features Guide for information on using the response version when troubleshooting CustomCode values that appear in the response.



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DetailLevel

This call does not support varying Detail Levels. You do not need to pass DetailLevel in the request.



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Samples

New to making API calls? Please see Routing the Request.

Note: Some item IDs, user IDs, or other data in these samples might no longer be active on eBay. If necessary, you can substitute current eBay data in your requests.

Sample: Basic Call

Retrieves the current set of item description templates.

Description

Specify a CategoryID if you want to return the templates for a specific category.

Input

XML format (HTTP POST). Also available are the .txt version of this XML.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<GetDescriptionTemplatesRequest xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <RequesterCredentials>
    <eBayAuthToken>ABC...123</eBayAuthToken>
  </RequesterCredentials>
  <ErrorLanguage>en_US</ErrorLanguage>
  <WarningLevel>High</WarningLevel>
</GetDescriptionTemplatesRequest>

Output

XML format.
<GetDescriptionTemplatesResponse xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <Timestamp>2010-02-12T20:06:27.564Z</Timestamp>
  <Ack>Success</Ack>
  <Version>655</Version>
  <Build>E655_CORE_BUNDLED_10639415_R1</Build>
  <DescriptionTemplate>
    <GroupID>0</GroupID>
    <ID>10</ID>
    <ImageURL>http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/None2_sample_100x120.gif</ImageURL>
    <Name>None</Name>
    <TemplateXML>&lt;ThemeUserContent>&lt;/ThemeUserContent></TemplateXML>
    <Type>Theme</Type>
  </DescriptionTemplate>
  <DescriptionTemplate>
    <GroupID>2</GroupID>
    <ID>37339</ID>
    <ImageURL>http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/ca/vit/clothing_and_accessories_sample_100x120.gif</ImageURL>
    <Name>Accessories for Women</Name>
    <TemplateXML><![CDATA[<ThemeTop><![CDATA[<TABLE CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BORDER="0" WIDTH="100%">
        <TR><TD WIDTH="1%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="35" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        <TD WIDTH="35%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="196" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        <TD WIDTH="23%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="121" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        <TD WIDTH="40%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="215" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        <TD WIDTH="1%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="37" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        </TR><TR ALIGN="center">
        <TD ROWSPAN="3" BACKGROUND="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionLeft_35x600.gif">
        <IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        <TD BACKGROUND="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionHeadExpand_1x78.gif">
        <IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionHead2_196x78.gif" WIDTH="196" HEIGHT="78" /></TD>
        <TD BACKGROUND="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionHeadExpand_1x78.gif">
        <IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionhead3_121x78.gif" WIDTH="121" HEIGHT="78" /></TD>
        <TD BACKGROUND="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionHeadExpand_1x78.gif">
        <IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionhead4_215x78.gif" WIDTH="215" HEIGHT="78" /></TD>
        <TD ROWSPAN="3" BACKGROUND="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/vit/fashions/fashionhead5_37x600.gif">
        <IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" /></TD></TR><TR><TD COLSPAN="3"
        BGCOLOR="#FFE79C">]]]]>><![CDATA[</ThemeTop><ThemeUserCellTop>
        <![CDATA[<TABLE CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BORDER="0" WIDTH="100%"><TR BGCOLOR="#996699"">
        <TD WIDTH="1%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="3" HEIGHT="3" /></TD>
        <TD WIDTH="98%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="526" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        <TD WIDTH="1%"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="3" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        </TR><TR><TD BGCOLOR="#996699"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" /></TD>
        <TD align="center">]]]]>><![CDATA[</ThemeUserCellTop><ThemeUserContent/><ThemeUserCellBottom><![CDATA[</TD>
        <TD BGCOLOR="#996699"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" /></TD></TR><TR>
        <TD BGCOLOR="#996699" COLSPAN="3"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="3" /></TD>
        </TR></TABLE>]]]]>><![CDATA[</ThemeUserCellBottom><ThemeBottom><![CDATA[</TD></TR><TR><TD COLSPAN="3"
        BGCOLOR="#000000"><IMG SRC="http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/x.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="22" /></TD></TR></TABLE>]]]]>>
        <![CDATA[</ThemeBottom>]]></TemplateXML>
    <Type>Theme</Type>
  </DescriptionTemplate>
  <DescriptionTemplate>
    <GroupID>6</GroupID>
    <ID>373250</ID>
    <ImageURL>http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/vit/animal_sample_100x120.gif</ImageURL>
    <Name>Animal Prints</Name>
    <TemplateXML> ... </TemplateXML>
    <Type>Theme</Type>
  </DescriptionTemplate>
  ...
  <LayoutTotal>0</LayoutTotal>
  <ObsoleteLayoutID>10000</ObsoleteLayoutID>
  <ObsoleteLayoutID>10001</ObsoleteLayoutID>
  <ObsoleteLayoutID>10002</ObsoleteLayoutID>
  <ObsoleteLayoutID>10003</ObsoleteLayoutID>
  <ObsoleteLayoutID>10004</ObsoleteLayoutID>
  <ThemeGroup>
    <GroupID>1</GroupID>
    <GroupName>New</GroupName>
    <ThemeID>10</ThemeID>
    <ThemeID>223353096</ThemeID>
    <ThemeID>223353095</ThemeID>
    ...
    <ThemeID>373139</ThemeID>
  </ThemeGroup>
  ...
  <ThemeTotal>231</ThemeTotal>
</GetDescriptionTemplatesResponse>



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Change History

This section notes changes made since Version 465.



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User-Contributed Notes