The Indiana Court of Appeals has adopted a new, reader-friendly format for all opinions and orders, effective Jan. 26.
The format employs a new, larger typeface (Calisto MT); paragraph numbering for easy reference; ragged-right copy justification; and line spaces instead of indents to mark new paragraphs.
The changes are based on typography industry best practices and are meant to optimize both print and online reading experiences. The new format is also more useful for optical character recognition, which is used to make scanned documents searchable.
For illustration, click here to view this news item, which uses the new format.
“Mobile devices and computers are the coin of the realm for news and information,” Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said. “It makes sense to respond to that reality with an opinion format that’s easy to read on paper or screen.”
Besides the new appearance, each element of the new format will build an underlying structure into all opinions and orders, which is crucial for some assistive technologies that “read” documents aloud for some users.
The new format was developed by State Court Administration.