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[MUCH BETTER VERSION NOW AVAILABLE. SEE UPDATE BELOW.]

Through the miracle of OCR (optical character recognition), it's now possible to search in these files. I think this makes research a lot easier.

Two versions are provided (aside from the original non-searchable version available at http://www.judiciary.house.gov/ ):

COMPILATION VERSION

Click here to get a single pdf (933 pages, 6.9mb) which is a merged compilation of all the separate pdfs that have been released so far. This approach makes it easy to do a single search across all the aggregate content. (Since that's a large pdf which may be slow to open in directly in your browser, it might be a good idea to use control-click [Mac] or right-click [Windows]  to download the file instead.)

INDIVIDUAL-FILES VERSION

Click here to get a zip file (5.9mb) which, when unzipped, will yield separate pdfs, corresponding to the individual pdfs that have been released so far. This could be helpful for purposes of navigation and comparison, and helping others locate sections you're citing. Please note that Adobe Reader provides a feature to apply one search to multiple documents (see instructions here). If you know how to use this feature, there's less reason to prefer the compilation version over the individual-files version.

The content is the same; it's just a matter of your preference as to which format you like better.

Please note that OCR is darn good, but far from perfect. There are definitely errors in the conversion, so always check the original (non-searchable) version before reaching conclusions. The OCR version should be treated as a guide to the original version.

Happy hunting! Let's go nail some crooks.

Note: I'm current only up until file 2-9. More later. Watch this space.

UPDATE, 5:22 pm: Thanks for all the positive feedback. I know I'm behind. Sit tight. In the next few hours I intend to catch up. Also I think I now have an OCR program that produces fewer errors.

UPDATE, Wed 1 am EST: something much better now available here:
http://www.dailykos.com/...

Originally posted to jukeboxgrad on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:05 AM PDT.

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