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Link directly to legislation (sort-of)

From the better-than-nothing department: Thomas has posted instructions for how to link directly to legislation.

Well, it is certainly nice to be able to link to legislation with a persistent link! But it would be much better if one could click to create a link rather than following a 600 word description of how to link on another page.

Here is the essence of how to create a persistent link:

To link to Senate bill 254 from the 110th Congress, just add “110s254″ to:

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation

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Like this:

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.110s254

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3 Comments

  1. Iburiedpaul says:

    Years ago it was argued that public institutions couldn’t afford elegant technology solutions because they didn’t have the money of a Google, Yahoo, etc. Now days, with free, robust open source code available everywhere, the cost of creating something like, uh, an automatic link generator is a couple hundred bucks tops. So the problem isn’t lack of money. It’s lack of vision, the result of stifling group-think. That’s the only explanation I can give for failing to do something any teenage coder could accomplish in an hour with nothing more than Ajax/MySQL/PHP and a grande Starbucks drip.

  2. dcornwall says:

    Thanks for boiling things down to one link! This will be handy in the coming months!

    ———————————— "And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them." — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  3. maninwarren says:

    You said it. We can spend $700 billion to bailout some Wall St. sociopaths, but can’t bring the web presence of the government of the richest country on earth into the 21st century. Can you say “dumbed down”? Pathetic. Or criminal, take your pick.

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