A new web site 'XML.HOUSE.GOV' for XML and Legislative Documents has been opened to the public, providing a number of XML DTDs for bills, resolutions, house membership, etc. The purpose of the new web site is "to provide information related to the ongoing work of the U.S. House of Representatives in relation to the Extensible Markup Language (XML). Under the direction of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and the House Committee on Administration, the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House have worked together with the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office to create Document Type Definition files (DTDs) for use in the creation of legislative documents using XML. The DTDs may be redistributed and/or modified freely provided that any derivative works bear some notice that they are derived from it, and any modified versions bear some notice that they have been modified. As this is an ongoing project, it is important to note that the DTDs presented on the web site have not been finalized, and may change over time; any documents or programs created with these DTDs should be treated as beta material and not used in a production capacity. A date has not been set for producing legislative material with XML."
Resolution: The top level 'resolution' element "contains all the text and markup for an entire resolution. This element encompasses the resolution's pre-form (metadata used by the Legislative Counsel during the drafting stage), the form (metadata which is the information about the resolution such as the congress and session), and the resolution-body (the actual words that comprise the content of the resolutions). Resolutions include simple, joint, and concurrent types."
Bill: The top level 'bill' element "contains all the text and markup for an entire bill or Act. This element encompasses the bill's pre-form (metadata used by the Legislative Counsel during the drafting stage), the form (metadata which is the information about the Bill such as the official title), and the legis-body (the actual words that comprise the content of the bill)."
- XML.HOUSE.GOV web site
- Bill DTD, [cache]
- Resolution DTD, [cache]
- US House Membership DTD, [cache 2001-08.13]
- Sample document, [cache]
- Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact: Cindy S. Leach (DMS Project Director, LCS, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives; Tel: 202.225.1182).
- XML.GOV web site
- "US Federal CIO Council XML Working Group" - Main reference page.
- "United States Congress: XML for Legislative Documents" - Main reference page.