Differences Between HTML and PDF Viewing
The Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations presented in PDF format files on this website are exact reproductions both as to content and format of the LRB computer files used to produce the printed Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations as updated through the date and act number indicated on this website, except budget schedules in s. 20.005
discussed below. Use the PDF files to print or download chapters.
The HTML Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations presented on this website are exact reproductions of the content, except for certain tables and graphics as noted in those files, but not the format, of the LRB computer files used to produce the printed Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations as updated through the date and act number indicated on this website. The HTML view of the statutes is not divided by chapter or other division and allows for infinite scrolling.
The schedules of appropriations contained in s. 20.005
, Wis. Stats., are recreated by the legislature in each biennial budget act and are updated at the end of each legislative session for publication in the printed Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations. Chapter 20
, Wis. Stats., as published in the PDF format version of the statutes on this web site contains the table as adopted in the most recent biennial budget or as updated and published in the most recent edition of the Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations and do not reflect interim amendments. The HTML format statutes do not contain the s. 20.005
Full text searches of the entire statutes can be performed whether or not "View documents as PDF when available" is checked in the Preferences menu. However, once a PDF document is viewed, the viewer must return to the Wisconsin Legislative Data home page or the statutes table of contents to perform another statute search of the entire statutes. The HTML view includes the search boxes and allows continued searching.
A user can switch from viewing an HTML statute to viewing the same statute as a PDF file by clicking on the "references number" and details icons that appear to the left of each unit of statute text.
The HTML and PDF statutes are both fully hypertext linked. Links in the HTML statutes to locations within the Legislature's documents will take the user to the location of the exact citation in another HTML view. By default, a link in a PDF view takes the user to the location of the exact citation in an HTML view. When "View documents as PDF when available" is checked in the Preferences menu, a link in a PDF view takes the user to the page in the PDF file where the citation is located, but not to the exact location of the cite.
(For users of Internet Explorer whose PDF reader is the Adobe Acrobat plugin, clicking on a link initially takes the user to the first page of the linked to document. If you then put your cursor in the address bar and hit "enter", or if you refresh your screen, you will be taken to the correct page.)
If a link will take a user to document outside the legislature's site, the user will receive a warning that the user is leaving the legislature's website. The user may, however, deselect "Warn when leaving this site" in the preferences menu. Documents outside will be opened in a new browser window unless "Open external links in new windows (or tabs)" is deselected in the preferences menu.
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