Over the past week, I’ve been working to create scrapers for each of the
13 federal appeals courts. Last night I finally finished the last of
them, so today I’m moving on to the design of the site. Design is always
much better when people work in a team, so I’m putting these designs
here so others can look at them and give me feedback. Please, please do!
So far, I’ve sketched out four of the major pages that the site will
have. A user’s will begin using the site on its homepage. Here, they
will be given few options. Basically, they can login, register for an
account, make a search, or read one of the ancillary pages such as the
“About” or “Privacy” page:
Also, note the advanced button under the search field. When this is
clicked, it expands to show the advanced search queries that the site
will support, as you can see on the next page.
If people are logged in, their homepage becomes the “Create new alert
page,” which you can see below. For now, this allows users to create
very complicated queries by hand. In the future, it would be …