Westlaw: Get your act together on hyperlinks and WP X6

For those of us who strongly prefer WordPerfect (because of its superior editing tools like “reveal codes”*), Westlaw should pull its thumb out of its mouth.  Its time to make West hyperlinking tools work with WP X6, the  newest version of WordPerfect.

While WP X3 can be used with West hyperlinking tools, switching between X6 and X3 merely to hyperlink wastes time.  Yes, I know that I can manually add hyperlinks, but guess what Westlaw I don’t want to waste the time.  If you offer hyperlinking tools, don’t pull a bait and switch.

I hear that Westlaw will rewrite its code maybe in the fall.  That’s silly and way too late.

Westlaw is holding up things by not fixing its code so that WP X6 can be used with West’s hyperlinking tools.  So, please Westlaw get with the program.


*If you are serious about writing, don’t get me started on the many reasons not to use Word.  But, that’s only an old guy’s opinion.


Resistance is futile–more about hyperlinks

Photo credit:  Freelancer1's photostream per Creative Commons License.

Photo credit: Freelancer1’s photostream per Creative Commons License.

Yesterday, I said that fairly soon lawyers who practice in at least some of the federal district courts will be required to hyperlink to both cases and documents.  I hope that happens, and very soon.

Today, I want to hyperlink to two good resources so the lawyers who read this blog can prepare to be “assimilated.”  As the Borg said, “resistance is futile.”

First, read the “Attorney Guide to Hyperlinking in the Federal Courts” (under “Written Procedures for Filing”).

Second, use the interactive tutorial for hyperlinking to documents that have previously been filed (like an affidavit).  The tutorial is entitled “Creating Hyperlinks to Other Filings in CM/ECF”  (under “Training”).

We are Borg.  Have a nice day.


Note:  The foregoing hyperlinks are to the external web site of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, under the “Attorney” and “Electronic Case Filing (ECF)” buttons.

A word to the wise on hyperlinks

Photo credit:  IvanWalsh.com per Creative Commons License.

Photo credit: IvanWalsh.com per Creative Commons License.

In the District of Nebraska, we have been all in from the beginning when it comes to electronic case filing (CM/ECF).  The same commitment applies to digital recording as a way of making the record–a record that frequently becomes immediately available on CM/ECF (at little or no cost) to the bench, the bar and the public.

Additionally, for some time now, at least three of the Nebraska federal judges (Judge Gerrard, Judge Zwart and RGK) have also decided to include hyperlinks to cases and to court filings (like affidavits)  in all or most of their opinions and orders. In the relative near future, lawyers will be required to use hyperlinks as well.

The requirement that lawyers use hyperlinks will not happen overnight, but it will happen.   The technology is simple and inexpensive.   Most importantly, the ability to instantly put your finger on a reference is invaluable to the reader.

Whether I was a solo practitioner or a member of a mega firm, if I had a federal case, I would start thinking right now about using hyperlinks whenever allowed.*  Pretty soon you will have no choice–and that will be a significant leap forward.


*Read the local rules.  See, e.g.,  NECivR 10.1(a)(4).

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