Labor's BLS seeks information on converting XML documents into PDF

The Labor Department is seeking industry input on a project to convert statistical information written in XML into Adobe Portable Document Format.

In a notice, Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics said it is looking for information about technology that could convert such information automatically and place it on the Web.

The notice is not a solicitation, BLS said, but rather the agency is only gathering details on the 'feasibility of transforming XML data sets into PDF for use as a camera-ready output.'

This project is important, BLS said, because it places much of its data on labor economics and statistics online.

While this data, generally presented in tables, converts easily into HTML, BLS said the printed output is constrained by the fixed size of a standard printer paper.

BLS does much of the manipulation of tabular data manually to ensure that tables, text and graphics are presented online in a readable fashion, the notice said.

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