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One giant step towards a plain language standard

The International Plain Language Federation’s efforts to establish an international, multi-language, plain language standard took one giant step forward in Ottawa, Canada during the week of June 23. There, a proposal for a plain language standard was considered as...

Join us at the upcoming PLAIN2019 conference in Oslo!

Each year one of our membership organisations holds a conference where the world leaders of plain language and clear communications can be found sharing the latest research and developments in the industry.This year's conference is run by PLAIN and will be held in...

A pioneer in the plain language movement: Ginny Redish

Janice (Ginny) Redish is a specialist in plain language, writing for the web, and user experience research and design. She’s a linguist by training, and she’s always been interested in clarity and communication. She’s passionate about language and content, as well as...

Introducing Annetta Cheek

People have a right to plain language —Annetta Cheek. Annetta is an anthropologist by training and she has a PhD from the University of Arizona. She worked for the US Government from 1980 until early 2007. Most of her Federal career focused on writing and implementing...

Introducing Karen Schriver

It’s all about the reader —Karen Schriver. Karen Schriver is a plain language consultant and researcher. She launched her career at Carnegie Mellon University, where she co-directed the M.A. in Professional Writing and coordinated the Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Document...

Our history

Our origins The Federation emerged in 2007 when three major organisations decided to work jointly on developing plain language as a profession. These three – the Center for Plain Language, Clarity, and the Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) – each...

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