Document layouts - multi-page

Documents with multiple pages have different page elements from single-page documents. They also feature a separate Document overview page which summarises key data pertaining to the document.

Multi-page documents have 7 areas:

  1. Document category
  2. Document path
  3. Page turners and details
  4. Document text
  5. Left sidebar
    1. Table of contents
    2. Page tools
  6. Definitions panel
  7. Page overview - see separate Page overview page for details

1. Document category

This shows the category and the type of document you are viewing. Here, the document is categorised under Irish Financial Services as a 1990 Act.

Click any document category element to show a list of similar documents. For example, clicking 1990 will show any other Irish Financial Services Acts from 1990.

2. Document path

This shows how the current page (the bottom item) fits in to the document structure. Click any row to see the corresponding web page.

3. Page turners and details


1 Page turners: scroll to previous and next pages within a document.

2 Status of the page: 'In force', 'Repealed', etc. See Page statuses and icons for more details.

3 Version dates: See Version comparision for more details.

4 Version arrows: Use the single arrows to view any earlier or later versions of the page, and the double arrows to go straight to the first or last versions.

4. Document text

1 Page title: This reproduces the full title of the page no matter how long it may be. 

2 Page text: Includes links to related information and links to definitions:

Links to related information: when you hover over a link it will be underlined. Click the link to open the new web page.

Definition link: when you hover over a definition it will have a dotted underline. Click the link to open the definition in the definitions panel.​

5. Left side bar

5.1 Table of Contents

This shows the full structure of a document, including any parts or chapters. By default only the main headings are shown:


Click on a heading to reveal its subpages and also open the corresponding page:


5.2 Page Tools

The page tools menu provides links to information about the document you are in as well as useful page tools:

Page overview: Provides links to information blocks at the bottom of the page - see Page overview page for details.

Document overview: Provides links to information on the entire document - see Document overview page for details.

Alert me to changes: Click one or both options to be alerted when there are changes to the individual page or the entire document. See Page alerts and email notifications for details.

Bookmark: Save the page and/or the document as a bookmark you can access at any time - see Bookmarks for details.

Search: Use this search bar to look for terms within this particular document. Search results are shown in a new window. To search for an exact phrase, use double inverted commas:

A new page opens showing your results:

  • Click on any link to see text that includes your search terms. 
  • Refine your results further by adding an extra term in the 'Search within results' bar. 
  • Click on a link to view the page with the search term highlighted wherever it appears.
  • Beneath the search bar is a link to your 100 previous searches.

Print: There are four options:

  • 'Current page' opens the print page with the current page preselected.
  • 'Whole document' opens the print page with the entire document preselected.
  • 'Selected pages' opens the print page with no pages yet selected. 
  • 'Consolidated PDF of the entire document' opens a PDF ready for printing or downloading. 

See Printing for more details.

Share: Click 'Share this page' to create an email using your default email application. The email subject line is the title of the page you're on and the body of the email includes a link to the page.

6. Definitions panel

When you click on a definition the right side of the page will expand to show the defined term:

  • Click 'Go to definition in situ' to see the page containing the definition.
  • You can also see a list of any other pages in the document that use the definition. Click on a link to view the page.
  • If the wording of the definition includes other definitions, you can click on them as well. In the example above, clicking on 'scheme' would show you its definition.
  • Click the print icon at the top of the panel to print or download the definitions. Note that you can also choose to print definitions when you are using the page print options - see Printing for details.