By Gabrielle Perret
What is plain writing?
According to the Plain Writing Act of 2010, the term ‘‘plain writing’’ means writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience. Plain writing improves the effectiveness and accountability of Federal agencies to the public by promoting clear Government communication that the public can understand and use.
Plain Language Guidance
The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) developed these official guidelines for the Plain Writing Act of 2010. These guidelines help you and your agency write clearly, so your users can:
- Find what they need
- Understand what they find
- Use what they find to meet their needs
What are some examples?
The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) developed these training examples to show how plain language improves readability of text.
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