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Reader Aids

Reader Aids help people use FederalRegister.gov and understand the federal rulemaking process. Reader Aids information is not published in the Federal Register.

Document Features – Text

Active Links

Agency-included links

When an agency has included links as part of the document text, we activate those links using the text in the document.  The link may not work if the link in the published document contained an error or if the target website is no longer at that location.

Automated legal links

When possible, this website automatically links the references in Federal Register material with the other primary legal information resources that appear on GPO’s Federal Digital System and other official sites, for example, to other documents on FederalRegister.gov, to the CFR, and to the U.S. Code.

Page Numbers and Footnotes

Federal Register page numbers within the body of documents are accessible by hovering over the small “page” icons that appear at the beginning of each page (page breaks correspond with the printed/PDF edition). For access to footnotes, you can hover over it with your mouse or pointing device, keeping the item in context. Clicking on the footnote reference will jump you down the page to the text of the footnote.

Images and Thumbnails

The complete content of Federal Register documents appears on the website, including illustrations and camera copy of manuscript text. However, we currently have difficulty presenting some equations.  Images are displayed as inline graphics. If an image or equation cannot be adequately displayed within the HTML page we recommend that you use the printed/PDF editions to obtain the image or equation.