LEGAL as a programming language?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Jeremy Zawodny hosts a good comparison of software languages and legalese. Pretty funny for those of us exposed to both worlds each day. Read the comments, too; they add a lot to the conversation.

He goes on to answer the question “Why is LEGAL such a [poor] language?” and finds that, among other problems, “it doesn’t use modern techniques like subroutines or standard libraries.” Doing so would save a ton of time and effort. It’d probably also reduce the lawyer’s income.

As he concludes:

Of course, there is one additional reason that legal documents are so long: Many lawyers are paid by the hour.

Indeed.

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