Tue, Jun. 19, 2007

Clear and Simple Law on Web

CK - Washington.   Does the Berlin attorney general violate German accessibility law by publishing unintellegible statutes on government websites? German law incorporates the W3C standards on accessibility. The standard requires clear and simple language.

German law professor Maximilian Herberger examines the issue, in English, on June 19, 2007: Access to Law. Among the exmples for legal gibberish is a quote from Annemarie Huber-Holz of Switzerland who introduce a multi-line title to an E.U. directive. Herberger calls for thinking outside the box. That may include adopting proposals such as citizen-friendly summaries of statutes, pictures or diagrams.

All too friendly is not advisable, however, lest the website programmer run into liability issues as happened in California In re: Jayson Reynoso, docket no. 04-17190, on February 28, 2007, see Kochinke, Software Unzulässig Schlau.


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