WSLL @ Your Service May 2004
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
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National Library Week at WSLL
Google Basics and Beyond
WSLL presentation at ETF
Taming Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect Feature
Under the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect. With the AutoCorrect tab displayed, note the grid near the bottom called “Replace text while you type.” The first column shows text, such as (c). The second column shows that whenever that text is typed, it will automatically be replaced with ©. The list of “replacements” can be very extensive. Note that (r) is automatically replaced with ® and (tm) is automatically replaced with ™. In addition, common spelling errors are automatically corrected.
You have several options for taming AutoCorrect. One is to simply uncheck the features you don’t want. Uncheck the “Replace text while you type” box and most AutoCorrections will cease. You can also delete individual sections of the grid: click on the feature to highlight it, click the Delete button at the bottom of the window, then click OK. Of course, there are times that you will want to use the © or ® symbols. You can still use the AutoCorrect feature for these symbols. Instead of deleting the symbol entirely from the “Replace text while you type box,” simply change the text that relates to the symbol. For example, replace (c) with another word or text, such as “ccc.” Then whenever you type ccc, the copyright symbol © will appear.
Other tabs in the AutoCorrect window include AutoFormat as You Type, AutoText and AutoFormat. Features within these tabs can also be modified to fit your needs. Of particular interest is AutoText. This is the little “helper” that tries to finish your word or words before you can. For example, you begin typing “attention” and a little yellow bubble floats above your text with the word “attention.” To accept that word, simply hit the enter key. You can add more words and phrases by customizing the AutoText tab. You can also turn off this feature by removing the check from the box next to “Show AutoComplete tip for AutoText and dates.”
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This month's column concentrates on new or improved Wisconsin-related resources.
Wisconsin Court System Gets a New Look
| At press time there are still some openings in our May and June hands-on classes. On May 5, learn about using online Wisconsin Briefs. On May 13, learn how to use Google to its full potential. On June 2, join guest instructor Pete Cannon, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, for a look at online legislative history resources. For complete class descriptions and registration information, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage.
Legal Research Tip o’ the Month
Q. Where can I find plain-English explanations of Wisconsin bills and acts?
A. Each bill that is introduced in the Legislature includes a legislative analysis, prepared by the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. The analysis states what the current law is, and how the bill would change it. If you know the bill number, use this Wisconsin Legislature search form to access the bill history. For example, retrieve Assembly Bill 570 from the 2003 Regular Session. When viewing the history, click on the bill number link at the top left to view the analysis and bill text. If you don’t know the bill number, browse or search the Legislative Reference Bureau’s Subject Index to Senate & Assembly Bills, Joint Resolutions, Resolutions & Petitions and click on the bill number link to view full text.
Beginning with the 2003-2004 legislative session, if a bill has been amended during the legislative process, it might include an Amendment Memo explaining how the amendment changes the original bill. A link to the Amendment Memo is provided at the top right of the bill history.
Prior to the 2003-2004 session, a few selected Wisconsin Acts (i.e. enacted bills) had accompanying legislative, informational or staff memoranda, providing background and explanation of the new law. Starting with the 2003-2004 session, every Wisconsin Act will have what is now called an Act Memo, which clearly states what the (now former) law was, how the Act changes it, and the effective date of the Act. Just as with Amendment memos, a link to the Act memo is provided at the top right of its corresponding bill history. Since the 2003-2004 session ended just a few weeks ago and some bills are just now being approved and signed into law, several Act Memos are not yet available. To verify whether a bill has been enacted, scroll to the bottom of the bill history and look for the Act number and/or an indication of approval, veto, or other final action.
Act and Amendment Memos are written by staff of the Wisconsin Legislative Council, and complete lists of the memos in bill or act number order are also available on their website.
Odds 'n' Endings -- Connie Von Der Heide
Did you know that in Wisconsin, sales tax is applied to the purchase of disposable diapers but not cloth ones? This and other “oddities” from around the country made the list of Taxware.com’s Top 10 Most Unusual Sales Tax Laws for 2004.
Notables for May
50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation of public schools “solely on the basis of race” denied black children equal educational opportunity, even though “physical facilities and other ‘tangible’ factors may have been equal.” The plaintiff’s case was argued by Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice. The University of Michigan Library has created a Digital Archive containing documents and images chronicling this historic decision up to the present.
160th anniversary of the first telegraph. On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse used his dot-and-dash code to transmit the words “What hath God wrought?” across his newly completed experimental electric telegraph line from the old Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol in Washington, DC to Baltimore. Within ten years, the Morse code system connected American cities with over 23,000 miles of wire. (As reported in the May 2004 issue of Smithsonian, page 15.) See this About.com article for more on the history of telegraphy.
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