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what3words/w3w-swift-wrapper v3.8.1
Swift library for what3words REST API.
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what3words

what3words w3w-swift-wrapper

A swift library to use the what3words REST API, and the what3words VoiceAPI.

Overview

The what3words Swift API wrapper gives you programmatic access to

  • convert a 3 word address to coordinates
  • convert coordinates to a 3 word address
  • autosuggest functionality which takes a slightly incorrect 3 word address, and suggests a list of valid 3 word addresses
  • obtain a section of the 3m x 3m what3words grid for a bounding box.
  • determine the currently support 3 word address languages.
  • autosuggest functionality to convert a spoken 3 word address (via voiceAPI) to a list of valid 3 word addresses

The main API swift wrapper object is What3WordsV3 and provides the above functionality. There is also a higher level W3WAutosuggestHelper that does a lot of the work of calling the API for text field autosuggest functionality. This is particularly helpful if you want to add what3words to your existing autocomplete code. A tutorial can be found here.

Even higher level UI functionality can be found in our UI components library, w3w-swift-components, found on GitHub. Notably our W3WAutosuggestTextField inherits UITextField and adds three word address autocomplete functionality.

TLDR:

You can find a short tutorial here that will show you how to get minimally set up and running.

Objective-C

This package also contains an Objective-C compatible version, What3WordsObjC - see the ObjectiveC project in Examples/ObjectiveC/ObjectiveC.xcodeproj

OS Requirements

This package works with:

  • macOS version 10.11 or higher
  • iOS version 9 or higher
  • tvOS version 9 or higher
  • watchOS version 2 or higher

Authentication

To use this library you’ll need a what3words API key, which can be signed up for here. If you wish to use the Voice API calls then you must add a Voice API plan to your account.

Examples

Examples in this package:

macOS terminal:

A macOS terminal example demonstrating convertToCoordinates is at:
Examples/ConvertToCoords/ConvertToCoords.xcodeproj

iOS UIKit Voice API:

An iOS UIKit example using the VoiceAPI is at:
Examples/VoiceAPI/VoiceAPI.xcodeproj

iOS UIKit GridLine:

An iOS example using MapKit to show what3words gridlines on a map:
Examples/GridLines/GridLines.xcodeproj

Objective-C

An example using Objective-C.
Examples/ObjectiveC/ObjectiveC.xcodeproj

iOS SwiftUI:

A very simple SwiftUI example that calls autosuggest and displays the results.
Examples/AutoSuggest/AutoSuggest.xcodeproj

iOS SwiftUI Autosuggest Helper:

A SwiftUI example using W3WAutosuggestHelper to create an autocomplete TextField with suggestions in a List.
Examples/AutosuggestHelperSwiftUI/AutosuggestHelperSwiftUI.xcodeproj

Using Autosuggest Helper to augment your autocomplete:

An iOS example using W3WAutosuggestHelper to augment another address datasource. In other words, it shows how to use what3words in tandem with another address service. The example uses Apple's MKLocalSearchCompleter and mixes it's results with what3words suggestions.
Examples/AutosuggestPlusYourData/AutosuggestPlusYourData.xcodeproj

Installation

Swift Package Manager

You can install this with Swift Package Manager by adding the URL below to Swift Packages under your project settings:

https://github.com/what3words/w3w-swift-wrapper.git

CocoaPods (iOS 9+, OS X 10.10+)

You can use CocoaPods to install w3w-swift-wrapper by adding it to the target in your Podfile:

pod 'what3words', :git => 'https://github.com/what3words/w3w-swift-wrapper.git'

src="https://raw.github.com/what3words/w3w-swift-wrapper/master/ou are using CocoaPods use import what3words instead of import W3WSwiftApi in your Swift files.

XCFramework

There is a build.sh script can be run to build this code as an XCFramework. This uses the included w3w-swift-wrapper.xcodeproj.

Usage

Import

In any swift file you use the what3words API, import the following:

import W3WSwiftApi
import CoreLocation
Note:
  • If you are using CocoaPods use import what3words instead.
  • If you are using this package's Voice API features on device, you should include Microphone permissions:

Initialise

Use the following code with your API key to initialise the API:

let api = What3WordsV3(apiKey: "YourApiKey")

In the case that you run our Enterprise Suite API Server yourself, you may specify the URL to your own server like so:

let api = What3WordsV3(apiKey: "YourApiKey", apiUrl: "https://api.yourserver.com")

Additionally, if you run the Enterprise Suite API Server there is another optional setup() parameter: customHeaders. Use this if you need to send custom headers to your own server:

let api = What3WordsV3(apiKey: "YourApiKey", apiUrl: "https://api.yourserver.com", customHeaders: ["x-header-1":"value-1", "x-header-2":"value-2"])

Functions

Each call takes a completion block as the last parameter. This allows Swift's trailing closure syntax to be used. The closure's parameters contain the results. If there was a problem with any call, it will be indicated by the error object.

Convert To 3 Word Address

Convert coordinates, expressed as latitude and longitude to a 3 word address. This function takes the latitude and longitude as a CLLocationCoordinate2D object. The values returned from the convertTo3wa method are described in the API documentation.

Code Example:
let coords = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 51.4243877, longitude: -0.34745)
api.convertTo3wa(coordinates: coords, language: "en") { square, error in
    print(square?.words ?? "")
}

Convert To Coordinates

Convert a 3 word address to a position, expressed as coordinates of latitude and longitude. This function takes the words parameter as a string of 3 words 'table.book.chair'. The values returned from the convertToCoordinates method are described in the API documentation.

Code Example:
api.convertToCoordinates(words: "filled.count.soap") { square, error in
  print(square?.coordinates ?? "")
}

AutoSuggest

Returns a list of 3 word addresses based on user input and other parameters.

This method provides corrections for the following types of input error:

  • typing errors
  • spelling errors
  • misremembered words (e.g. singular vs. plural)
  • words in the wrong order

The autosuggest method determines possible corrections to the supplied 3 word address string based on the probability of the input errors listed above and returns a ranked list of suggestions. This method can also take into consideration the geographic proximity of possible corrections to a given location to further improve the suggestions returned.

  • voice

If you have a VoiceAPI enabled account, you may also call autosuggest with audio data for voice recognition. In order for this to work, you must add a Voice API plan to your account. There is a minimal example of this below, but detailed information can be found here

Input 3 word address

You will only receive results back if the partial 3 word address string you submit contains the first two words and at least the first character of the third word; otherwise an error message will be returned.

To check if your address string meets this criteria, we provide a simple function that employs our regex to help you recognise the three word addresses. It is called isPossible3wa, but please note that it only indicates if the input is three potential words separated by two w3w separators. It WILL NOT tell you if it is a real three word address in world. The following if evaluates to true.

if api.isPossible3wa(text: "xxx.xxx.x") {
  print("Input is in the form of a three word address")
} else {
  print("Input is NOT in the form of a three word address")
}

Or if you prefer, you can simply use our regex. Example code can be found in our regex documentation.

Clipping

We provide various clip policies to allow you to filter by a geographic area. We recommend that you use the clipping to give a more targeted set of results to your user. You can clip by country, or by geographical box, circle or polygon. Do this via the W3WOptions and pass it into the autosuggest call (see example below).

Focus

If you know your user’s current location, we also strongly recommend that you use focus to return results which are likely more relevant. Do this via the W3WOptions and pass it into the autosuggest call (see example below)

The values returned from the autosuggest method are described in the what3words REST API documentation.

Usage

The first parameter is the partial three words, or voice data. The second optional parameter is the options for the autosuggest function. The last parameter is the completion block.

Example One

api.autosuggest(text: "filled.count.soa") { (suggestions, error) in
  for suggestion in suggestions ?? [] {
    print("\(suggestion.words ?? "") is near \(suggestion.nearestPlace ?? "")")
  }
}

Example Two

Focus on one particular place using a single option:

let coords = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 51.4243877, longitude: -0.34745)
api.autosuggest(text: "flottons.annulons.garço", options: W3WOption.focus(coords)) { (suggestions, error) in
  print(suggestions ?? "")
}

Example Three

Focus on (51.4243877,-0.34745), and clip to the UK using the multiple options object:

let coords = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 51.4243877, longitude: -0.34745)
let options = W3WOptions().focus(coords).clipToCountry("GB")
api.autosuggest(text: "flottons.annulons.garço", options: options) { (suggestions, error) in
  print(suggestions ?? "")
}

VoiceAPI Example

The what3words Voice API allows a user to say three words into any application or service, with it returning a configurable list of what3words address suggestions, all through a single API call.

In order for this to work, you must add a Voice API plan to your account.

This example instantiates a W3WMicrophone which provides an audio stream to autosuggest(audio:) which begins recording when autosuggest is called. For information on W3WMicrophone and customizing your own W3WAudioStream for autosuggest(audio:) see the VoiceAPI README.

// make a microphone
let microphone = W3WMicrophone()

// call autosuggest
api.autosuggest(audio: microphone, language: "en") { suggestions, error in
  for suggestion in suggestions ?? [] {
    print(suggestion.words ?? "no suggestions")
  }
}

Also, W3WMicrophone has a callback closure W3WMicrophone.volumeUpdate: (Double) -> () that provides amplitude information useful for animating user feedback. See the the Voice API example, and more information is avialable in the VoiceAPI README.

Available Languages

This function returns the currently supported languages for text based autosuggest(text:) calls. It will return the two letter code (ISO 639), and the name of the language both in that language and in English.

The values returned from the convertTo3wa method are described in the what3words REST API documentation

Code Example

api.availableLanguages() { (languages, error) in
  for language in languages ?? [] {
    print(language.code, language.name, language.nativeName)
  }
}

For the available Voice API languages call api.availableVoiceLanguages(completion:) which works exactly the same way.

Grid Section

Returns a section of the 3m x 3m what3words grid for a given area. The requested box must not exceed 4km from corner to corner, or a BadBoundingBoxTooBig error will be returned. Latitudes must be >= -90 and <= 90, but longitudes are allowed to wrap around 180. To specify a bounding-box that crosses the anti-meridian, use longitude greater than 180. Example value: 50.0, 179.995, 50.01, 180.0005.

The values returned from the gridSection function are described in the what3words REST API documentation

Code Example

let southWest = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 52.208867, longitude: 0.117540)
let northEast = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 52.207988, longitude: 0.116126)

api.gridSection(southWest: southWest, northEast: northEast) { (lines, error) in
  print("Line count: ", lines?.count ?? "zero")
}

Handling Errors

All functions call the completion block with error as the second parameter. All Swift what3words error types are of enum type and conform to CustomStringConvertible, so they can be used with String(describing: error):

Code Example

api.convertTo3wa(coordinates: CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 51.4243877, longitude: -0.34745)) { square, error in
  if let e = error {
    print(String(describing: e))
  } else {
    print(square?.words ?? "")
  }
}

Api call errors are of type W3WError enum and the voice autosuggest call returns a W3WVoiceError enum.

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