Monday, December 16, 2013
Ind. Gov't. - More on: New Indiana General Assembly website
Really the only thing to see so far on the new General Assembly website is what has been done with the Indiana Code.
The Indiana Code, the codification of all the substantive laws of the State, is only available to the citizens of the State of Indiana online, it has not been published by the General Assembly in a usable book form, for many years.
The online version is an unofficial version, but the users' only other option is one of the $$$ legal publishers.
The ILB is not ready to do a review yet, but here are some initial reactions attorney readers have sent me so far:
- [Fort Wayne] It looks like the new Legislative website, where one accesses Indiana Code, has switched to a fully PDF platform, rather than the old HTML (or its equivalent site). It appears that the PDFs can't be cut and pasted from, like you could with the old site.
When you search Google for an IC citation, it takes you to the new Statehouse page, where you then have to actually conduct the search. The new sidebars to the various sections (articles?) are fantastic for providing context that was lacking before, but my use of Google for Indiana Code is going to drop dramatically until the Google searchbots find the new pages, assuming the new site can be found by search engines.
BTW, love the site [the ILB]. You do such a good job at all of this. The state's lawyers are lucky to have you.
- [IU-McKinney] I sometimes Google "Indiana code" and a crime or part of the crime. I get a link to the relevant part of the Code on the website. Now I get the new site and then have a bunch of navigation to get to a massive PDF? Or maybe I'm missing something, but this seems truly atrocious.
- [Marion] Just went to the General Assembly’s new website. Terrible. I used to use its site to be able to quickly navigate through the Code, but no more. It’s atrocious. Whoever came up with the idea to make it a PDF without the ability to quickly link to specific statutes (without the awful “grab and scroll”) should be fired.
- [Indianapolis] I do like how one is better able to navigate through the code, and the actual image of the code does help correctly determine what is a subsection of what. I have two major problems however, that were not a problem when there was an .html link to the code. First, I am not able to cut and paste parts of the law without first downloading the document and opening it in a .pdf reader. Even after I do that, when I try to paste into my word processor, it is pasted with the line breaks, which forces more steps on me. Second, when I am looking at the document that pops up after navigating to the chapter, I am unable to search within that chapter, because it is an image rather than text on the screen. So when I type CTL + F in my browser, and search for a word that I can see in the image, it will not find that word. The only way to search for a term is to use the system’s search function which yields search results from the entire Indiana Code, and does not limit it to the chapter I am viewing at the time.
Do you have any connections that could remedy these problems?
Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 16, 2013 02:24 PM
Posted to Indiana Government