The Wisconsin Legislature has officially released the dramatically improved web search platform for the Wisconsin Statutes. It has been available in beta for a while (see my earlier post about it), but now it is the default platform.
According to a press release:
The new search engine, which is easier to use, will present more results and in a format that resembles prominent Internet search engines.
The views of the statutes are also richer, allowing continuous scrolling through an easier to read interface and containing more hypertext links and more information about each statute section. PDF files on the site have also been enriched to include hyperlinks.
The following screen shot shows some of the new features available, including PDF views, cross reference links, permalinks, RSS alerts, and more.
According to the LRB's Bruce Hoesly, the old platform is currently still available, but will be phased out by the end of the year.
Also, the legislature will update the Web versions of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and the Wisconsin Administrative Register over the course of the next few weeks.