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TechWRITE's Commitment to Plain Language

Since TechWRITE started in 1985, our primary goal has been to make complicated information easy to understand. Plain language has always been the key to implementing this core value. TechWRITE has consistently focused on using plain language in the hundreds of manuals, tutorials, and web sites we have developed over the past 24 years.

If you'd like to see some "before and after" examples of our plain language documents, please fill out the form below. Or, if you have any questions and want to learn more about our services, send an e-mail.

So what is plain language?

Basically, plain language is language that is easy to understand. If a sentence is written in plain language, you don't have to read it twice to figure out what it means. And that's true regardless of the subject matter. Plain language is clear and concise, and, most of all, it focuses on ensuring immediate comprehension by the reader.

For more information about plain language, go to Plain Language Association International (PLAIN).

 

Note: TechWRITE's president, Nad Rosenberg is on the Board of Directors of PLAIN. Nad recently spoke at the Clarity2010 conference in Lisbon, Portugal on Effective Use of Visuals in Online Presentations and e-Learning Tutorials. If you'd like to see some photos from the conference,
click here.

What's the benefit of plain language documents?

Everybody benefits from plain language documents - the person who's reading the document as well as the document's publisher (for example, government or business). Here are a few reasons why:
Readers can comprehend information more quickly and thus perform related tasks more efficiently.
There are fewer follow-through mistakes because information is clearly stated.
There is greater customer satisfaction.

Plain language in the news

Recently, the U.S. government has taken steps to legislate the use of plain language in government and finanical documents. Here are a few examples:

President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 on October 13, 2010. The bill, which was previously passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, requires the federal government to write documents, such as tax returns, federal college aid applications, and Veterans Administration forms in simple language... more information.
The U.S. House of Representatives has reintroduced a 401(k) fee disclosure bill stating that fee information must be written in plain English.
U.S. federal agencies will be required to revise the job descriptions for the 10 most common positions they hire for and rewrite them in plain language.

Can I see some examples of plain language documents?

Just fill out the form below, and TechWRITE will send you "before and after" examples of plain language documents. If you have any questions and want to learn more about our services send an e-mail.

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