House adds machine-readable docs site, iPad app

The House of Representatives is giving transparency a shot in the arm by providing easier access to the text of legislation and the Congressional Record with a new website and iPad app, InformationWeek reports.

The text of bills will be available in machine-readable XML format on the House's new docs.house.gov website. The site will also contain PDF versions of legislation, a list of bills under consideration and links to other Web sources about Congress' activities.

Tablet users will also have easier access to the Congressional Record thanks to a new iPad app announced Jan. 18. The app will feature the daily edition of the Congressional record and allow readers to browse past editions dating back to Jan. 4, 1995. It will also let users do keyword searches within documents, share documents via e-mail and save documents to their preferred PDF reader.

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