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An ISO plain language standard

Where we’re at, next steps, and the back story Christopher Balmford, Chair, ISO TC 37 WG 11, Plain Language Project 7 September 2020 Next update Access for all online plain language conference, Wed 14 Oct 2020 Where we’re at The International Standards Organization ―...

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Plain language standard update: Good news

October 2019 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...

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How you can be involved in developing the ISO standard

You can read the latest update about ISO’s project to develop a plain language standard here. Directly involved For you to be directly involved in the development of the standard: you need to be a member of the relevant committee of your country’s standards...

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One giant step towards a plain language standard

June 2019 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, 2019. There, a proposal for a plain language standard was...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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