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Reference sites

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a listing of similar cites:

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/freeourbills/ Thay are asking for something similar in the UK- from Tom Steinburg


http://thomas.loc.gov/home/handles/help.html Permalinks to all US bills, but not to bill versions or parts of bills. The closest thing to a link to a section of a US bill is to the XML version which appears as HTML, but not all bills are published in XML. An example is http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc111/h1_eh.xml#toc-HCCAD250F7D4F47F1A16CB179DAFF11B. (Note that the anchors use internal unique identifiers for each section that come from the authoring system and do not appear in the browser: this is similar to Purple http://www.eekim.com/software/purple/purple.html )


W3C's Standards for Addressing Document Sections with URL's:  Anchors and XPointer

Both HTML anchors and XPointer are suffixes to the URL and both start with the hash tag: #. XPointer is designed to not conflict and even overlap with anchors. Where anchors must be added by the publisher of a document, XPointer allows anyone to create a link to a specific part of an XML or XHTML document. Although most browsers are not XPointer compliant, XPointer can be added through server or client side tools.

http://www.w3.org/TR/xptr-framework/ XPointer Standard at W3C

http://www.mindswap.org/papers/swrp-iswc04.pdf A Semantic Web Resource Protocol: XPointer and HTTP by Kendall Clark, Bijan Parsia, Bryan Thompson, Bradley Bebee

http://www.w3schools.com/xlink/xpointer_example.asp W3Schools Tutorial

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=32832 Effort by some to add XPointer to Mozilla/Firefox

http://codedread.com/fxpointer/  FXPointer Firefox Extension makes links to document parts possible for example:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xquery#cite_ref-10 which relies on an @id="cite_ref-10" although Wikipedia adds redundant anchor so that both anchors and xpointer would work (also note that xpointer allows abbreviations for id attribute, because valid XML/XHTML enforces @id uniqueness in a document)


Authoring Tools for Citations and Quoting Live Documents

Wikipedia uses a wiki templating module to build electronic citations to US legislation and other government documents using patterned URLs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:USBill

A javascript for client side for quoting live government document portions using xpointers and xpath (see caveats in the comments): http://ajaxian.com/archives/purple-include-19


Similar technologies or standards:

http://advocatehope.org/tech-tidbits/reliable-electronic-citations By Daniel Bennett

http://advocatehope.org/tech-tidbits/legislative-data-standards By Daniel Bennett

http://advocatehope.org/tech-tidbits/discoverable-archives By Daniel Bennett


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