Clueful house

US House of Reps: FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 161, via Derek Willis in private correspondence

OK, no, so I'm not so much of a political wonk that I'm doing the day's mathematics on the voting patterns behind "Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and for other purposes". No, what I'm interested in is the file extension of that URL: ".xml". View source, folks. Surely enough, our caveman congress is savvy enough that they are using XML, DTDs and XSLT in a ridiculously clueful manner. Knock me over with a feather. Next thing Tom DeLay will be running XQuery on these rolls so he could figure out which Dem he can play bogey-of-the-month with. Of course, that would put me in the odd position of feeling sorry for DeLay, for having to use XQuery...

Anyway, see also "Legislative Documents in XML at the United States House of Representatives". Willis says "they've been developing a system for votes and legislation (although that'll take some time to implement), and it deserves attention and support."

Vote for cloture on that, brother.

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