Cross-reference Atlas

When dealing with very complex text, such as legislation, various references to other subsections, sections, parts or even other legislation are included. A cross-reference usually has a dependent and precedent, which is linked by a phrase, which conveys an instruction.

Depending on the phrase used, which consist of a preposition and an adjective, noun or verb, directing the user to either verify the information, to take a specific action or a specific combination thereof. Depending on the phrase used, the source of the cross-reference usually originates at the dependent, but certain phrases can reverse this relationship between dependent and precedent.

By analysing the phrases, it became clear that certain phrases implied that the information had to be verified, which places an obligation on the user; while other phrases require verification and that a specific action to be taken, which places two obligations on the user. The third class of phrase merely refers the user to where a specific information can be found and therefore is viewed as right.

We have developed a product which shows where the cross reference originates, and indicates which is the precedent and dependent, we call this the section the Cross-reference map. The Section Cross-reference map graphically shows the relationships between the dependent and precedent, indicates the source, gives a short description of each subsection, and the page number of the specific Responsibility chart.

The Cross-reference Atlas also include maps which show the cross-references of each subsection, section, Part or any other reference for a specific Chapter or the entire Act.