Plain language resources

Drawing together the best plain language resources from Australia and overseas into one location – research, guidelines and practical advice.

The foundation's list of plain language resources is broken up into activities to help you find what you are looking for. Search for a particular topic by keyword or filter by activity. The resources include a range of historical materials that were influential in the development of plain language, particularly in Australia.

Please note that, apart from Victoria Law Foundation resources, all resources are held on external websites.

We have developed a guide on how we have grouped the resources to make it easier for you to use them.

595 resources
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Certifying plain language

The articles looks at the benefits of implementing a certification program for plain language practitioners. It discusses the risks involved and the logistics of implementing certification.

Keywords: certification, plain language practitioners, professional standard

Published: 2010

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Strengthening plain language

This articles discusses how to improve plain language institutions. It assesses the current options available to institutions, being, working alone or informally through existing organisations, formalising an international federation of organisations, or creating a new structure, and makes a series of recommendations.

Keywords: plain language institutions, coordination

Published: 2010

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Five tips on writing to a judge

This article highlights five points the author believes are important when writing to a judge: tell the truth, cite the law, organise issues for maximum impact, ensure there are no grammatical errors and follow the court's rules.

Keywords: tips, writing, judge

Published: 2010

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Writing smaller

This article highlights what can make a text unnecessarily complex, such as having too many words or words that are too long, redundancies and nominalisations.

Keywords: redundancies, nominalisations, readability

Published: 2010

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Plain language in the US federal government

This article discusses compliance with the Presidential directive that requires federal agencies to use plain language when corresponding with their costumers. The author discusses various government bodies including Veterans Benefits Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Securities and Exchange Commission and Social Security Administration.

Keywords: United States, examples, compliance

Published: 2009

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Plain words

This article is an speech to London County Council teachers in 1952 by Sir Ernest Gowers. It details the doctrine of plain words and the importance of grammar.

Keywords: Sir Ernest Gowers, London County Council teachers, speech

Published: 2009

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Righting the wrongs of rewriting

This article deals with 'pure rewriting' – rewriting a document so that it has exactly the same content but is easier to understand. The author identifies three main faults when rewriting: being inaccurate translations, having an undue desire for brevity and having assumptions that the predecessors were fools.

Keywords: rewriting, faults, tips

Published: 2009

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Assessing the usability of credit card disclosures

This article identifies the difficulty users may have in understanding credit card disclosures. An outline of a study assessing readability of these documents is given, which uses readability formulas, expert review and a usability test to determine where faults lie. An outline of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosures Act of 2009 is given.

Keywords: credit card disclosures, readability tests, Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosures Act

Published: 2009

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Opening Ceremony remarks for Clarity's third international conference

This article is Clarity President Christopher Balmford's opening speech for Clarity's third international conference, as delivered by Professor Joseph Kimble (immediate past president). It discusses Mexico's recent plain language activities, and the significance of the collapse of the US energy company Enron and the credit crisis in the plain language scene.

Keywords: opening speech, Mexico, President, Christopher Balmford

Published: 2009

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