Supreme Court Site Gets Overdue Redesign
The Web site of the Supreme Court has finally gotten a much needed makeover. Well, in truth, it's more than a makeover; the previous version of the site, which appeared to have been designed in 1992, has been rebuilt from scratch. The new version, which looks like it was designed in 2001, is much easier to navigate, and introduces several touches for improving navigation for regular users. The court's most recent decisions are now placed in quick links on the right side, and the home page features an interactive calendar that displays the court's schedule.
Unfortunately, though, the site has already been found to have some serious issues. For one, many older decisions are either difficult to find, or have simply disappeared from the site. Digiphile failed to even find the famous Bush v. Gore decision, for instance, in the court's database. Perhaps more problematic, though, is that the court's homepage now resides at an entirely different URL. Formerly, the Web site rested at SupremeCourtUS.gov, but, when it was relaunched, the site was moved to the simpler SupremeCourt.gov, instantaneously breaking thousands of links across the Net.
One irritating holdover from the now-retired digital home is the reliance on PDFs. Many documents, including all court decisions, are still posted in the maddening format. Maybe by 2020, someone can convince them to use a file format that doesn't cause Web browsers to seize up. [From: SupremeCourt.gov, via: Digiphile and SCOTUS Blog]