Q: What do avid bicyclists and handgun owners have in common? A: Two things are a need to know the law, and a desire to discuss it.
The U.S. Postal Service denied our FOIA request for a list of current ZIP Codes, because the information is "proprietary business information" and its release would not be considered a "good business practice".
I've been re-evaluating fonts for WebLaws.org, and one issue that caught my eye is the style of the numerals. In running text, these proportional oldstyle numbers (font: Buenard) are perfect: they visually flow with the text. The wide variations in figure height and positioning help the reader unambiguously read the number. But in a vertical navigation bar, … Continue reading Oldstyle figures for better statute number legibility
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 run into the oddest problem as I add the California Codes to WebLaws.org. The Sections, the actual statutes themselves, are not given any kind of name as they are in other states. Here are the basic burglary statutes of Oregon and California: Oregon: ORS 164.215, Burglary in the Second Degree. California: Penal Code Section … Continue reading If Only California Statutes had Names
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 Coming next: easy access to superseded editions 2009, 2007, and earlier, if there's a demand.
Courtney Minick nails it: . . . if you want to cite to judicial law, you must pay to access the Reporter’s opinions. Sounds crazy, but it's true. As a law student I wasn't aware of the problem. But it frequently holds me back, now that I'm building online information systems. E.g., say some text … Continue reading This is Why We Need Universal Legal Citation
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