“History has shown over and over again that legislative data standards must be flexible in order to succeed. LODF (Legislative Open Document Format) is the first legislative data standard initiative that fully embraces that reality. LODF integrates legislative document semantics with the ODF XML standard (ISO/IEC 26300:2006). All LODF documents are – by definition – ODF compliant. LODF acts as a layer of extra semantic features layered on top of ODF that capture the salient information regarding legislative document types such as bills, statute, journals etc. “
“A new extension has been added to the attachment viewer to support ODF thumbnails. As I learned from a colleague last week the ODF file format is really just an archive (ZIP to be exact) so the same Java API’s I used for the ZIP provider work equally as well in the ODF file provider. I enhanced the ODF provider to only show image files since there is a lot of directory structure and XML in the file. “
The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn pleases.