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1. Home

Home page

Header with menu and fotter will appear on every aol page.

From the Home page you can search and browse all legislation. The simplest way to search is to enter one or more search terms (your search query) in the main search box.


Searches entered in the main search box are text searches, that is, they search both descriptive information and the content of legislation items.

The Search button activates your search. Pressing the Enter key - on the keyboard - after the search terms are entered also activates your search. The Clear button clears your search terms.



Search Options

The drop down box to the right of the search input box changes how the terms entered are combined (to form your query).
The options are:


The table below demonstrates how each option will affect the query: tax contributions and exceptions
Search optionResulting search
all of these words"tax" AND "contributions" AND "and" AND "exceptions"
any of these words"tax" OR "contributions" OR "and" OR "exceptions"
this exact phrase"tax contributions AND exceptions"
this search expression"tax contributions" AND "exceptions"
Refer to Search Operators for more detail on how to enter search terms.

For more advanced searches, use the Search page.

The radio buttons under the search input box change which types of legislation your query will search for.
The options are:



Browse Options

There are 2 ways of browsing from the home page; by clicking on one of the links in the browse section or by entering a Chapter/Act and/or SL number and clicking search (see the image below).

Home browse

When browsing using the available links you may change the set of legislation to browse by selecting one of the items from the drop down list in the browse section.

The "Interpretation Act" link in the browse section is a special link and will take you directly to the whole view of the current Interpretation Act, regardless of your selection in the drop down box.

To browse by Act, Chapter or SL number first select the 'Browse' radio option, then enter the appropriate information into the relevant box(es).
Act numbers can be entered as just a single number or of the form '[number]-[year]' or Act [number] of [year]'.
Unlike the browse pages Chapter/Act browsing, if the number you enter matches no current legislation you will be presented with the summary screen with no results.



2. External Search

The Page Banner located at the very top of the page - including all other pages in the system, apart from the print friendly pages - identifies the system. It also provides links to information about the system and navigation throughout the system as follows:



3. Operators and Fields

Search operators are used when the 'using' modifier is set to "this search expression" on the home page and when the "Search expression" input is used on the Search Page.
You may use search operators to build highly specific search expressions.
These operators negate the need to key in words such as AND, OR and NOT. If these words are keyed in, they are treated as part of the search query, so that the search 'tax or taxation' will generate a results list of records containing the words 'tax' and 'or' and 'taxation'.
Note: Spacing around search operators is generally optional, so that


Search terms are not case sensitive - you may use UPPER or lower case characters without affecting results.


The first form is quicker to type. The second form is (probably) easier to read.
However, four operators must be closed up without a space. See the following table of Search Operators.

Search Operators

Operator

Description

Operation

Spacing

Space

 

AND

AND is the default operator if no other operators are present.

|

vertical bar

OR

 

 

,

 

Comma

 

OR 

No spacing before or after operator, e.g.

tax,taxation,money

-

Hyphen

NOT

No spacing after operator, e.g.

Governor -general

(...)

parentheses

Group together

 

Field:

e.g. Title, Year, Heading

Capitalised first character of the field and field followed by a colon

Fielded search

No spacing after operator, e.g.

Title:australia

>> 

double greater than

Range search

 

~

Tilde

Stem

No spacing before operator, e.g.

part~

#

Hash

Single character wild card

 

?

Question mark

Multiple character wild card

 

"..."

double quotes

Phrase

 


Below is a description of each search operator.



4. Search Page

The Search page provides a form for creating a more advanced search than is possible on the home page. The form contains the following areas:

The Clear button at the bottom of the page clears your search terms and sets the legislation Type selections back to their default values.

Search page

Search page with inForce date options.

Legislation Type selection

A search may be constrained to a particular legislation status by making a selection from the 'Search' drop down list as follows:

The checkboxes located beneath the legislation status drop-down list allow the search to be further constrained by legislation type. The options for selecting the types of legislation are grouped into Versioned Legislation and Legislation as Published in Gazette as follows:

Note: The types of legislation that can be searched is dependent upon the status of the legislation to be searched. Therefore, legislation types that are not available for the selected legislation status will be unchecked and disabled to prevent user selection as shown with the following example for Current Revised Editions

Search inputs

Three rows of select and input boxes let you search for your search terms in specific document fields.
Using the add row () button you can add more input rows to the search.

Search expression field

The Search expression field underneath the search input boxes has the same functionality as the Home page search option of 'this search expression' in that it takes a query with operators.
For example, 'tax | taxation | taxonomy' in a search field would translate to '"tax" AND "|" AND "taxation" AND "|" AND "taxonomy"' whereas in the search expression field it would translate into '"tax" OR "taxation" OR "taxonomy"'.

Date Options

Dates must be of the form DD/MM/YYYY, any dates that do not conform to this will cause your search not to be executed.
Date fields are automatically populated with todays date by default.
Different date options will appear depending on your selection in the Legislation Type selection drop down box as follows:

Ordering selection

There are 5 sorting options to choose from, which are:



5. Search Results

The Search Results screen contains three panes:

Summary Exmaple

Summary Results. Showing the 3 sections described above.

Search Results - Top Pane

The Search Results top pane comprises:

Search Results - Right-hand Pane

The Search Results right-hand pane comprises:

Search Results - Left-hand Pane (Browse By)

The left-hand pane of the Search Results screen contains Browse By categories. These categories reveal how your search result document records are grouped according to different criteria.

Each Browse By link acts to narrow your search results. The number of records in each link is shown alongside it in brackets.

Clicking on a link will automatically perform the search. A new set of results, narrowed by the selection you have made, will be displayed along with a new set of Browse By options.

Example:

On the Search screen, enter "market trading" in the first search box.
Click 'deselect all'.
Select 'Unrevised Acts' and 'Revised Editions of Acts'.
Click Search
On the Search Results screen, you will see a browse by option for 'Years'
Click '2000s'
The search results will reflect only those document records with a date between 2000 and 2099 and will be a smaller set of records.
There will also be a sub pane for narrowing your seaches by a particular year.



6. Document View

The Document View screen contains two panes:

Document Exmaple

Example legislation view with hit highlighting.

Document View - Right Pane

The right pane is comprised of 5 different sections:

  1. At the top:
    The options displayed will differ depending on the type of document being viewed.
    For a Bill
    • Bill Summary - link to a summary of the bills metadata and links to the Parliament sittings and related documents
    For an Act
    • Related Subsidiary Legislation - A link to a list of Subsidiary Legislation made under this Act (only present if the Act has Subsidiary Legislation made under it)
    • Legislative History - link to the Legislative History of the Act
    • Hide/Show Hits - Show or hide the hits in the document (only available if there are any hits in the document you are viewing)
    • Amendment Annotation On/Off - Show or hide the documents amendment annotation.
    For a Subsidiary Legislation
    • Authorising Act - Link to the parent Act of this Subsidiary Legislation
    • Legislative History - link to the Legislative History of the Subsidiary Legislation
    • Hide/Show Hits - Show or hide the hits in the document (only available if there are any hits in the document you are viewing)
    • Amendment Annotation On/Off - Show or hide the documents amendment annotation.
  2. Second section:
    • A navigation bar to go to the first and last hits on the page.
    • A navigation bar to go to the next and previous result.
    • A save query icon (Save Icon) which can be used to permanently store the current query for later use
    • A print friendly icon (Print Icon) which can be used to display a printer friendly view of your results
    • An "in force" link icon (Current In-force Act/SL icon) which can be used to bookmark the Current In-force Act/SL
    • An "as published" link icon (Link to this document icon) which can be used to bookmark the currently viewed document as it was published
    • A version link icon (Link to this document icon) which can be used to bookmark the version of the document currently being viewed
  3. Third section:
    A document without any amendments/revisions
    • A box containing text stating when the search was performed and the dates used for the search.
    A document with amendments/revisions
      A box containing the following:
    • Text stating when the search was performed and the dates used for the search.
    • History open/close button at the bottom of the box which opens/expands (or closes/collapses) the bix to display/hide the following:
    • A list of the dates which the versions of the document came into force
    • A graphical depiction of the types of amendments made to the document over a time line (in line with the document's in force date) that are also clickable links to documents as follows
      • Formal Amendment - a Formal Consolidation.
      • Formal Amendment Selected - a Formal Consolidation that is currently displayed.
      • Informal Amendment - an Informal Consolidation.
      • Informal Amendment Selected - an Informal Consolidation that is currently displayed.
      • Retro Amendment - an Informal Consolidation incorporating Retrospective Amendment as latest amendment.
      • Retro Amendment Selected - an Informal Consolidation incorporating Retrospective Amendment as latest amendment that is currently displayed.
      • Scroll Left - hovering the mouse pointer over this icon (if visible) scrolls the timeline to the left, i.e. back in time.
      • Scroll Right - hovering the mouse pointer over this icon (if visible) scrolls the timeline to the right, i.e. forward in time.
      • When the mouse pointer is hovered over a document type a dialogue is show that contains:
        • type of consolidation, and
        • date of the Formal Consolidation.
    • A list of the documents which amended the current document (in line with the document's in force date)
    • An input form to browse for a version of the current document at a desired point in time
  4. Fourth (Main) section:
    This section contains the text of the document you are viewing (either the whole document, a single part, a single provision or multiple provisions)
    The text may contain links to other sections within the document or links to other legislation documents.
  5. Fifth (Bottom) section:
    Only visible if viewing a single provision
    A provision without any amendments/revisions
    • A box containing text stating 'No history for selected provision'.
    A provision with amendments/revisions
      A box containing the following:
    • The name and number of the provision
    • A list of the dates which the versions of the provision came into force
    • A graphical depiction of the types of amendments made to the provision over a time line (in line with the document's in force date) that are also clickable links to provision versions as follows
      • Formal Amendment - a Formal Consolidation.
      • Formal Amendment Selected - a Formal Consolidation that is currently displayed.
      • Informal Amendment - an Informal Consolidation.
      • Informal Amendment Selected - an Informal Consolidation that is currently displayed.
      • Retro Amendment - an Informal Consolidation incorporating Retrospective Amendment as latest amendment.
      • Retro Amendment Selected - an Informal Consolidation incorporating Retrospective Amendment as latest amendment that is currently displayed.
      • Scroll Left - hovering the mouse pointer over this icon (if visible) scrolls the timeline to the left, i.e. back in time.
      • Scroll Right - hovering the mouse pointer over this icon (if visible) scrolls the timeline to the right, i.e. forward in time.
      • Scroll Right - a Diff icon (when available) that links to a Diff View, which allows viewing of the differences between amendments of the provision within a Formal Consolidation.
      • When the mouse pointer is hovered over a document type a dialogue is show that contains:
        • type of consolidation, and
        • date of the Formal Consolidation.
    • A list of the documents which amended the current provision (in line with the provision's in force date)
    • A series of links to view the differences between provision versions (Only available within a formal consolidation).

Document View - ToC Pane

The ToC pane contains links to all the parts/provisions of the current document, as well as 3 buttons ('Get Provisions', 'Reset' and 'Whole Document')
Each provision has a check box to the left of it so that they can be selected and all selected provisions can be displayed at once.
Clicking on any Part in the ToC will display all provisions under that part.
Clicking on any provision will do the same as clicking on its parent part but set the focus to the provision clicked.

Hit Highlighting in Document View

All search terms that caused the document record to be retrieved will be highlighted in the main panel.

However, if the document record was retrieved through search terms that were found only in metadata which is not displayed then no highlighing will appear.



7. Browse

Browse

Singapore Statutes Online Browse Screen.

The Browse page provides a simple way of finding legislation by its Title or its Year of publication. The form contains the following areas:



8. Browse Results

There are 5 different Browse Results pages that each provide a different way of accessing the documents:

1 - Browse By Title

Browse

Singapore Statutes Online Browse Titles.

The browse results view displays all documents with a title starting with the selected letter and are of a certain status and type.
The infomation is as follows (from top to bottom):

2 - Browse Subject

Browse

Singapore Statutes Online Browse Subjects.

The browse results view displays a tree list of all the subjects starting with the selected lettr.
Each leaf node - depicted by the (Subject Leaf) icon - of the tree represents a single document and its accompanying title is a link to the document. The infomation on the page is as follows (from top to bottom):

3 - Browse Documents Types

The browse results view displays all documents that are categorised by the selected type.
The infomation on the page is as follows (from top to bottom):

4 - Browse By Year

Browse

Singapore Statutes Online Browse Years.

The browse results view displays all documents that were published in a certain year.
The infomation on the page is as follows (from top to bottom):

5 - Browse Related Subsidiary Legislation

Browse

Singapore Statutes Online Browse Related Subsidiary Legislation.

The browse results view displays all Subsidiary Legislation made under a particular Act.
The infomation on the page is as follows (from top to bottom):

Browse Results Sort Options

For all of the browse results pages except the subject results the order of the result list is indicated by an icon immediately after the column heading as follows
The infomation on the page is as follows (from top to bottom):



9. Saved Searches

You may need to run the same search query on many occasions. The Save (Save Icon) icon on the Search Results and Document View screens lets you saved the search for re-use. In effect, your query is saved but not your results (which will change over time).

Saved Search List

List of saved searches for further processing.


Select the Saved Searches tab to review your saved searches. You may then:



10. Printing

You can always use your web browser's 'File/Print...' (Ctrl-P) to print the current web page. However, the page content will be embellished with page banners, selection tabs, icons, etc.

If you want a printer friendly version, you can click on the print icon (Print Icon) which will redirect you to a printer friendly version of your results. The icon appears at the top right (Under the banner) of the search results and the full legislation view pages.
After clicking on the print icon you can use the web browser's 'File/Print...' (Ctrl-P) to print this page.



11. My Preferences

You may normally want to limit the number of results per page or how much text per result is displayed on the summary screen to reduce the response times of your searches. The My Preferences tab lets you configure your own search defaults.  Once set, your defaults remain in force until you decide to change them, by the selections in My Preferences.

There are five parts to configuring your personal profile:



12. Additional Help

For more help or assistance, please email [email protected]