5.1. Structure of the DIAL Index
The principal purpose of the DIAL Index is to provide a well-structured
set of links to legislation-related resources available on the Internet. It is
a catalogue or set of `links' to Internet resources. The DIAL Index prototype
has been constructed as part of a `World Law Index', which has a broader focus
Users will often commence their use of DIAL Index from its `front page'
although they can enter from any page in DIAL Index.
The opening page of DIAL Index
The DIAL Index has the following starting points for research:
The next five headings are intended for those users
who wish to browse the range of resources of particular interest to
draftspeople, material relating to 'Legislation', 'Law Reform', 'Parliaments',
`Treaties' and `Law Journals'. So a user who approaches the DIAL Index thinking
'I wonder if there is UK legislation available on the web?' 'Can I get
Australian Law Reform Commission Reports on the web?' or 'Does the Portuguese
Parliament have a web site where I might find material discussing this
problem?' will go to those pages.
- Development Law Subjects - This is a subject index of matters which
are of particular interest to those drafting legislation in DMCs
(`Telecommunications', `Privatisation', `Environment' etc), with links to
legislation, law reform etc from around the world dealing with each particular
subject. The first stage of the prototype includes a small number of topics. As
an example, the `Telecommunications' subject page is discussed below. This
starting point is intended for users who, say, knows they wish to find
materials on telecommunications law, and so goes looking for a subject heading
result is intended to be a very extensive set of links and searches on each
subject matter, which gives users access to a wide range of comparable
legislative resources in many countries.
Finally, two types of search facility are available:
- Legislation - This page links to multi-national and national
sources of legislation.
- Law Reform - This page links to multi-national and national sources
of law reform reports.
- Parliaments - This page links to national Parliaments, an
important source of legislative information.
- International Agreements (Treaties) - This page links to a wide
variety of sources of treaties and other international agreements, both
multi-national and national sources, since legislation and its drafting are
significantly affected by a country's international obligations.
- Law Journals - This page links to Law Journals available on the
Internet, one of the best sources of commentary on legislation.
page in DIAL Index has this line of buttons at the top:
- DIAL Search - This link to the DIAL Search full text search
facility (discussed in the next Chapter), is intended for users who just want
to go direct to a search of the materials indexed by our targeted web spider,
and construct their own search.
- Search this index - This window, available at the bottom of every
DIAL Index page, allows the DIAL Index and World Law Index catalogues to be
searched for links to other sites. It is discussed later in this Chapter.
Their functions are as follows:
Guided Tour provides the following information about DIAL Index. It is worth
taking the Guided Tour before reading the rest of this Chapter.
- DIAL Index - This is a link to the DIAL Index start page, discussed
- DIAL Home - This is a link to the Project DIAL home page, as
discussed in the previous Chapter.
- World - This is a link to the front page of the World Law Index,
discussed below under the heading `A `multi-threaded index - DIAL Index in the
context of the World Law Index.
- New - This is a link to a list of new additions to the index,
discussed below under "The `New Additions to DIAL' page".
- User Guide - This is a link to the Guided Tour, discussed in
previous Chapter and below under `The Guided Tour of DIAL Index'.
- Comments - This link allows an e-mail message to the be sent to the
developers of the DIAL prototype.
- Translate - This link connects the user to Alta Vista's Systran
translation facility for web pages, discussed in the previous Chapter, and
allows an automated translation of the DIAL Index page currently being viewed,
into the user's choice of European language.
- Disclaimer - This is a link to a disclaimer of liability for use of the prototype.
This feasibility study involves the building of a prototype, not a completed
system. The priority in development of the prototype has been the
identification and cataloguing of as wide a range as possible of national and
multi-national collections of legislation as are available on the Internet, and
(to a somewhat lesser extent) the identification of law reform, Parliamentary,
and treaty resources.
These `primary materials' have then been used to enable the construction of a
small number of `Development Law Subject' pages, to demonstrate the extent and
range of resources which can be found on a particular topic (eg
`telecommunications'), and the variety of techniques which must be used to
effectively locate such subject-specific resources. In particular, the
identification of the widest range of national legislation on a particular
subject was the highest priority in developing the Development Law Subject
pages, as this is the resource which is of most interest to the main audience
for this project, and was identified as such by the Bank at the outset of the
Users can see at any time what content has been added recently to DIAL Index
(and to DIAL Search) by checking the `New Additions to DIAL' page from the DIAL
home page or from the [New] button on the button bars in the system.
The `New Additions to DIAL' page - http://www.austlii.edu.au/links/new.html
 The Disclaimer of liability says in
`Project DIAL is being developed for the Asian Development Bank by DataLex Pty
DIAL prototype is hosted by the Australasian Legal Information Institute
(AustLII), a joint
facility of UTS and UNSW. This disclaimed is made by each of the five parties
'Project DIAL providers').
Project DIAL is a free service. We make every effort to provide a high quality
service, but cannot
accept any liability for the information provided. The Project DIAL providers
do not invite
reliance upon, nor accept responsibility for, the information provided by or
via Project DIAL.
The Project DIAL providers do not give any guarantees, undertakings or
any information provided by or via any Project DIAL facilities, and they
expressly disclaim any
liability for such provision of information. Information obtained from or via
should not be used as the basis for legal advice or other advice, but should be
Without limiting the scope of this disclaimer, users of the Project DIAL
facilities should be aware
*'We cannot guarantee that the lists of links or search links in the
DIAL Index are
* DIAL Index and DIAL Search provide access to many internet sites,
but we do not and
cannot determine how accurate, complete or up-to-date those sites are,
inclusion in the DIAL facilities does not imply anything concerning
* Many Internet sites to which DIAL facilities provide access are
not official sources of
legislation or other information. The inclusion of a site does not imply
information on it is in any way 'official' or 'authorised.
* Many Internet sites to which DIAL facilities provide access
contain information which
has been translated from another language. The inclusion of a site does
not imply that
the translation is accurate.
Users should confirm information from another source if it is of sufficient
importance for them
to do so. The DIAL facilities are only intended to provide a starting point and
guide for legal