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Plain language standard update: Good news

Good news! ISO’s Technical Committee 37 voted yes to approve work starting on an ISO standard for plain language. When Annetta Cheek, Chair of the IPLF, announced the result to the 400 + people at PLAIN’s Oslo conference last week, there was loud and sustained...

How you can be involved in developing the ISO standard

The developement of a plain language standard (explained here) has been approved by Technical Committee 37 (TC 37) (see that update here), here are 2 ways you can be involved in that work. Directly involved For you to be directly involved in the development of the...

One giant step towards a plain language standard

Report to members (Clarity, PLAIN and the Center) on the status of the proposed ISO 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...

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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