I work in the research administrative office of my University and am working on a series of redesigns of departmental sites we host.
One of these departments has a series of documents that are quite long (20-50 and longer pages printed) currently posted as both HTML and PDF docs. These documents are summaries institutionally specific guidance and rules based on much longer regulatory body (i.e. OSHA) standards.
I'm having an...interesting time approaching usability discussions with this department. The language cannot be simplified and to a large degree must remain in legalese. Many of their users print these out and have them on hand for reference. The clear majority of users aren't out browsing these docs for fun.
This may seem like a basic question, but does anyone have experience with or best practice for posting long, dry, legally required policy documents in a "usable" manner?