22 March 2006


Newfoundland and Labrador Hansard

The Legislative Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador has its Hansard online back to March 1998. These records are well indexed by date, and the record for each day is available as chosen by the viewer.

These daily records are "orphan" webpages. For example, the Hansard record for March 24, 1998. If you click on this link, you will arrive at a webpage with no navigation links enabling you to go to any other content in this site. One of the basic rules of website design is that each and every webpage should have navigation links that enable the viewer to find his/her way to the other pages in that site. Search engines often provide deep links that take the visitor directly to the webpage with the content they want. Once in that page, how does the viewer get access to other pages in the same site?

Unfortunately, at least one of the navigation links points to the wrong page. In the webpage Forty-Third General Assembly - Third Session - 1998 there is a link for the Hansard record for March 13, 1998 (the earliest Hansard webpage in this site). However, if you click on this link, you will be taken to the Hansard record for May 13, 1998. I am unable to find the correct file for March 13, 1998 -- it appears the May 13 file was uploaded to the URL for the March 13 file.

I am unable to find a search service for the Newfoundland and Labrador Hansard.

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