May 1, 2009

Sen. DeMint calls for making Senate votes more open

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has recently drafted a letter encouraging a more transparent method of sharing Senate votes.

The Senate currently publishes its votes in HTML, a web language that used to be quite powerful. Today, however, there are new and improved web languages.

One of them is XML, and it is the format the Senator Jim DeMint wants the Senate to release publicly. If HTML is your dead-tree phone book, XML is Google.

XML delivers data a consistent standard that allows for third-party developers to focus on interesting applications of the data rather than dealing with the error-prone methods of just getting the data.

It's good to see Senator DeMint lead a bipartisan coalition of Senators against the entrenched powers that would rather control their vote history than have it be open for all to see.