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UserMark - The AustLII Automated Legal Markup Tool

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This form provides an interface to a subset of the markup tools that we use to build the hypertext links throughout the AustLII databases. It allows you to use AustLII's markup scripts to process your own HTML documents. See Licence Conditions, below. See also Tips for some help on getting UserMark working at its best.

UserMark Form

Where is the text to be processed?

Enter a URL to process: eg.


Paste the text to be processed here:

Would you like a default jurisdiction?

Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia

Which type of output would you like?

HTML (if saving source)
Text (to cut and paste)


Licence Conditions

It is provided for use subject to the following conditions:

  1. The markup tool may not be used as prepare any commercial product without AustLII consent.
  2. Usage of the markup tool is free.
  3. Additional markup inserted by this process is Copyright © 2003 AustLII
  4. The markup tool is made available in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Markup is heurisitic in nature. Where very high levels of accuracy are required, the markup should be manually checked following the automatic processing.
  2. Links will only be added to materials which are currently available via AustLII. Where databases are activated after the user has processed text, it will be necessary to reprocess the material (Current materials for which HTML links will be inserted include Cth, NSW and ACT legislation and High Court CLR citations).
  3. Legislation references should include a year. Where the year is not provided, the markup process will try and establish a year from the surrounding context. Try and include at least one full reference to a piece of legislation before abbreviating.
  4. If a default jurisdicition is specified, the markup tool will attempt to process links for that jurisdiction first.
  5. Above all, experiment first ...

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