But first, I owe a big apology to my user base. Over the last couple of years, my attention has been diverted to other projects (including parenting) and I let maintenance on Jureeka lapse. So...I'm sorry. Hopefully, I can win some of you back.
Legal source material on the web is always changing. Sites go off-line, new sites emerge, and URL schemes change frequently. Jureeka has to keep up with all this change in order to redirect users to the proper legal source. Since I last updated Jureeka, Google Scholar published a massive amount of U.S. case law, and many more state statutes have become accessible.
My recent changes to Jureeka primarily involve: (1) redirecting existing citations to newly published material, (2) adding and refining the recognized citations to cover more material with better precision, and (3) abandoning recognized citations that are not case-specific or that are rarely used. I don't plan to document all of these changes in detail, but I think that Jureeka users will notice a drastic improvement in the add-on's utility. In particular, Jureeka now identifies:
- Federal district court cases,
- A slew of state supreme and appellate court cases, and
- Section-specific redirects to the statutes of around 35 states.
In addition, I've retested and cleaned up the vast majority of the existing links (though I'm still working on this).
I also made Jureeka available for Fennec, which is the mobile version of Firefox. However, since I don't have access to Fennec, I don't know how (or even if!) it works. If anyone tries it out, please let me know what you find.
With the 3.3 release, the version numbering is now synchronized between the Firefox and Chrome versions. That means that 3.3 has the same citation coverage in both versions. However, I'm able to release versions immediately for Chrome, whereas for Firefox they have to be reviewed by Mozilla editors and this approval process takes 1-2 weeks. (You can always install the pre-reviewed versions if you dare.)
A note about the Chrome version: The Chrome gallery says that this extension can access all of your files, use your webcam, etc. I would have no idea how to accomplish this even if I wanted to, and I'm not sure which aspects of the code are causing Google's automatic code analyzers to think that this is possible. Jureeka does not collect, store, or even know any information about you or your activities; it no longer even uses a database. At any rate, it's on my to do list to make whatever changes are necessary so that Jureeka is not a (real or apparent) threat to your privacy.
In the new batch of releases, I adopted the KISS philosophy. I want Jureeka to do one thing, and do it well. I eliminated all the half-baked bells and whistles I tried years ago, and kept only the core functionality that makes Jureeka magical: the automatic hyperlinking of legal citations. I am very happy with this decision. I want Jureeka to run silently in the background of your web browsing / legal research experience, connecting you seamlessly with the millions of pages of free material that's online. In short, I want you to forget about Jureeka completely until it pleasantly surprises you by leading you to something that you didn't know you wanted.
Jureeka is not perfect and, given its probabilistic nature, likely never will be. There's still a lot of work to be done but hopefully in its current state you will find it worthwhile.