I spent a couple of hours today looking at web fonts for legible reference text. After reading the New York Times experiment finding that Baskerville is "the king of fonts", I thought I'd give it a try, comparing it with a couple of others for legibility. I first researched web fonts that I could test … Continue reading Reference text web fonts: ITC vs. URW Baskerville vs. Buenard vs. Caslon
This weekend I thought I had found an error in the numbering in the state’s online version, and so I headed to the law library to open a real book and see what’s going on.
I've been doing a lot of work to get the California Codes online, and I now have something to show for it. This is a screenshot of Business & Professions Code Section 22947.4, an anti-spyware statute. (Which is pretty cool; I wonder if Oregon has something similar. Anyone know?) For comparison, here's the original code … Continue reading Making the California Laws Easy to Read
I've just completed importing the 2011 ORS into OregonLaws.org. It's been a busy time of year, and I appreciate everyone's patience waiting for this update. Coming next: easy access to superseded editions 2009, 2007, and earlier, if there's a demand.
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OregonLaws.org now provides the latest edition of the Oregon Revised Statutes. For example, here is the new law that prohibits cell phone use while driving: A person commits the offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device if the person, while operating a motor vehicle on a highway . . . ORS 811.507
(Hanukkah fell during finals this year, so there was no way I could get it done in time.) Up until now, authors had to resort to tortured instructions when linking to N.Y. laws. Here's how the Citizen Media Law Project does it in their excellent document, Forming a Corporation in New York: . . . … Continue reading Christmas present for New York: permalinks to the state laws
I'm completing an internally hyperlinked version of the New York Laws. I've looked hard, but I haven't found any other sites that link the cross references in the text itself. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.) Why hasn't this been done before? Take a look at Abandoned Property Law § 1222: The provisions of … Continue reading First internally hyperlinked New York Laws online
A trail of links for re-tracing your steps which shows up in two places. There's an intuitive always-present sidebar view: for example, today's research steps are simply marked "Today" --- instead of cluttering the display with today's date.The second, more detailed view of the trail (see screenshot below), is under the "My Laws" tab. The … Continue reading New human-friendly “research trail”
A lot of small subtle pieces go into making a search experience that's smooth and keeps the visitor in control at all times: breadcrumbs ("Home > Search results"), a new search "form" pre-populated with the previous query, a prompt clearly explaining the results of the last action ("Your search..."), an offer to continue on from … Continue reading It’s the little things that count: new spell-corrections in the search results