CanLII launched their new site today. After several months of beta testing, plenty of opportunities for feedback, and some direct user surveys, CanLII has a new look and new functionality.
I highlighted my favourite function, the ability to have a field based search functions right up front. My use of the system will most often be the “advanced” searching. I have to acknowledge that the wide searching offered by the single entry box search interface is backed up with some excellent filtering and narrowing options that make the system flexible and user friendly.
A nice feature fo the new site is a rich pop up help box that is plainly available with a “How to use our new search” in a static left menu. The popup shares excellent details, with links at the bottom to the CanLII search assisting YouTube channel.
A service that is more up-front on the new site is the CanLII Developer Network for all those folks looking to the next CanLII Hackathon event.
The change to new CanLII was well managed, well paced, and I think the site will be well liked.