Karen Schriver KSA Communication Design & Research (USA) Dr. Schriver is President of KSA Communication Design & Research, a consultancy focused on making complex information clear, compelling, and usable. She applies research on information design, plain language, and cognitive science to design everyday communications. Her book, Dynamics in Document Design: Creating Texts for Readers—in its 9th […]
A not-for-profit academic organization focused on reforming legal writing. It organizes the Burton Awards which reward lawyers and law students for distinguished, clear, and concise legal writing.
An organization dedicated to promoting a clear, succinct and forceful style in legal writing. The Society’s journal, The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, has published many influential articles on plain language.
A UK-based editing business • We give detailed editing suggestions on draft consumer contracts such as bank and credit-card terms and conditions, and hire-purchase agreements. This may lead to accreditation of the documents with the Clear English Standard logo. • We base our suggestions on more than 40 years’ work in the field. We aim […]
A branch of the Irish National Adult Literacy Agency that provides plain English editing, writing and training. It awards a Plain English Mark to documents that meet its standards.
Published in The Clarity Journal 62 – November 2009 Shortly after the Second World War, the British Treasury invited Ernest Gowers to write a train- ing pamphlet for the civil service on the use of English by officials. The result, Plain Words, was published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) in April 1948. A review […]
What is plain language A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information. The International Plain Language Federation Plain Legal language is the same, but focus on legal communications. To draft […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 79 – 2018 The Plain Language Working Group is born – and gets to work The journey towards this options paper began at the 2007 PLAIN conference in Amsterdam. Three plain language organizations were considering issues, such as whether we should establish international standards for plain language, and what exactly […]
In this issue : Accessible justice—plain language points the way, 13 Plain language writ large: “Macrosimplifying” forcompany-wide clarity, You can’t manage what you don’t measure, 20 Snapshots from the conference, Consumers need plain language more than ever—but it’s time to rethink its role, Beyond all reasonable doubt: the brand advantages of plain English contracts, Blog […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 76 – 2018 By Neil James and Susan Kleimann No one could object to the evaluation of texts to assess their quality and effectiveness. Many evaluation methods exist, from readability formulas and expert reviews to usability tests and the analysis of outcomes. Yet in recent years, a divide has developed […]