As Harry’s explained over on The Dextrous Web, we’ve just open sourced the code behind ConsultationXML, the tool we’ve been working on which turns consultation PDF files into XML. It’s a 0.1 release so still full of bugs, but at least it’s out there.
You can download the (documented) code, and/or have a play with the sandbox version first.
Open sourcing our code is the kind of thing the new Open Source Action Plan incites government to do more. But it’s generally low down the list and – frankly – documenting and hosting proper code repositories is beyond the humble skills of most clients (including me) and even a good many developers (but happily, not Harry).
Please help us demonstrate that this is important work worth investing time and effort in, by helping us to improve the tool with your feedback and ideas.