Published in the Clarity Journal 81 – 2020 Introduction Lili Krámer, Zsófia Moldova, and Vera Gergely The Letter of Rights is a text that informs suspects of their fundamental rights (such as the right to remain silent or the right to have a lawyer). If you are suspected of something the police will either read […]
DESIGN. LITERACY. PRACTICE. Access for All: Plain Language is a Civil Right, is a virtual conference dedicated to using plain language to break down barriers in society. Through our three themes – design, literacy, and practice – we will explore how to bring access to all through plain language. Co-hosted by Clarity, the Center for Plain Language […]
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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 […]
Clarity is the world’s largest organization focused on promoting plain legal language and design. Why People don’t read legal documents. They’re too complex. Whether it’s a 30-year mortgage or a life-changing employment contract, most people have the same reaction. Faced with an impenetrable wall of text, they simply sigh and sign on the dotted line. […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 80 – 2019. Design has been talked about much since the turn of the new millennium. Its concepts, methods, and processes are now found in all spheres of human activity. But what about more precisely in the field of written communication? How can design thinking improve the overall condition of […]
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 […]
Published in The Clarity Journal 79 – 2018 The Standards Committee of the International Plain Language Federation is working to develop an international standard for plain language through the International Organisation of Standardization. The Standards Committee of the International Plain Language Federation is working to develop an international standard for plain language through the International […]
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 […]