Last night I discovered a great source of vintage versions of the Oregon Revised Statutes: The Internet Archive's WayBack Machine. I had a true Homer Simpson moment --- "Doh! Why didn't I think of this before?" For research-aholics, this is nothing short of nirvana. Great but not perfect The WayBack Machine isn't a perfect solution, … Continue reading Five superseded Oregon ORS editions: 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999 and 1997
Articles from newspapers and other publications are now feeding into the OregonLaws.org database and are beginning to appear alongside the primary sources. For example, the page for ORS 447.233, Accessible Parking Space Requirements, now points to a recent Oregonian article, When Disabled Parking Disables the Disabled. Another is ORS 737.320, Review of Certain [Workers' Comp … Continue reading Now serving secondary sources — relevant articles that give context and news
I discuss some of the site's inner workings in The Recipe for Better Legal Information Services at Cornell Law School's VoxPopuLii.
ORS statutes and glossary entries now look clean and elegant when printed directly from a browser. There's no separate "print" link or icon---just print from your browser's "File" menu, and the web page will re-format for paper. There were several requests for decent printouts in the feedback forum, and from friends. I found it a … Continue reading Good printouts — a frequently-requested feature
We've added a new feature to the site: it now automatically detects many of its own errors. It does this by correlating the text of the statutes with the information in its database. In the interests of transparency and quality, visible error messages will appear where the system finds a mismatch; see the first screenshot. … Continue reading New automatic error checking
Each of the 30,000+ pages now has a citation to its source, including a live hyperlink and the last accessed date.