An XML Representation of the Keys to Soil Taxonomy?

May 28, 2010
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Western Fresno Soil Hierarchy: partial view of the hierarchy within the US Soil Taxonomic systemWestern Fresno Soil Hierarchy: partial view of the hierarchy within the US Soil Taxonomic system

Maybe this is just craziness, but wouldn’t be neat to have an XML formatted version of the Keys to Soil Taxonomy? The format might look something like the following code snippet, although there may be more efficient uses of XML… The only problem I can see is that it would take a hell of a long time to type in the entire 300+ page document. A complete document of this nature would support all kinds of new and creative uses for the ‘keys– electronic look-up, automated generation of a PDA-ready version, an awesome teaching tool, or just something that could be used to generate cool figures. Anyone know of a quick way to get this put together, or of any similar document that has already been published? Anyone want to help type-in the data?

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