ContractVis is a visual assistant for lengthy legal texts. Does the fine print matter? Sure it does!

Signing up for a service or buying a product implies a contract between the consumer and the provider. Internet users often worry about the possible consequences from such a contract, in particular when they are interacting with a new provider. Even though the rights of consumers are strongly protected by national laws, enforcing these rights at court would be a major hassle. However, each contract involves a multitude of legal texts that are hard to read.

ContractVis aims to ease these worries by guiding consumers directly to the clauses that matter. It provides visual overview of long texts. Furthermore, visual comparison between two versions of a contract should be supported.

ContractVis will be developed in a user-centered design process and is planned to be realized as a web browser plugin.


Duration: January 2018 – December 2018
Funding: Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) via netidee, prj2116
Christina Steininger


Rind, A., F. Grassinger, A. Kirchknopf, C. Stoiber, and A. Özüyilmaz, "ContractVis HighLighter: the Visual Assistant for the Fine Print", Proceedings of the Posters and Demos Track of the 14th International Conference on Semantic Systems - SEMANTiCS2018: CEUR-WS, 2018.

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