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What is Plain Language
Plain language is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. Written material is in plain language if your audience can:
- Find what they need;
- Understand what they find;
- Use what they find to meet their needs
Retrieved from: https://plainlanguage.gov/guidelines/
Creating Plain Language Resources
Assessing and Developing Health Materials
Tips to consider when creating educational materials.
Health Literacy Online
A guide to writing and designing easy-to-use health websites
Describes why plain language is a promising strategy for clearly communicating health information and improving health literacy.
Contains guidelines for creating plain language materials, an overview of the plain language movement, and tools for trainers.
This online tool calculates the grade level of written material
Toolkit for making written material clear & effective
Provides a detailed and comprehensive sett of tolls to help make written material easier for people to read, understand, and use.
This is a one-stop shot for web designers to learn how to make websites more usable, useful, and accessible.
Plain Language Resources
Plain English: At a Glance
By Nancy M. Smith, former Director, SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Assistance, and Ann D. Wallace, former Senior Counsel to the Director, Division of Corporation Finance
Checklist for Plain Language
Use this checklist to see if your document meets plain language standards.
Checklist for Plain Language on the Web
On the web, people are in a hurry. They skim and scan, looking for quick answers to their questions. Help your readers quickly find what they need with these web writing tips.
Mary Dash’s Writing Tips
Mary Dash, Chief of the Congressional Correspondence and Quality Review Branch of the Internal Revenue Service, wrote these excellent writing tips.
Plain Language Style Guides
Style guides for the federal government, state government, and international community.
Plain Language Examples
Plain language has been around in the government for over 40 years. Here are some examples, both historical and current.
Clear communication: A NIH Health Literacy Initiative
OCPL has established the NIH “Clear Communication” initiative that focuses on achieving two key objectives of health literacy: Providing information in the form and with the content that is accessible to specific audiences based on cultural respect. Incorporating plain language approaches and new technologies.