ISO STANDARD: IMPACT AND OPPORTUNITIES
WHY YOU NEED PLAIN LANGUAGE
All industries and sectors benefit from improved communication. Readers benefit when they can understand and use information. And organizations gain improved branding, efficiency, and effectiveness of communications products. A plain language standard provides all sectors, in nearly all languages, with a set of guidelines and strategies to make information more accessible and effective.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Learn about how plain language can benefit communication in different sectors, such as law, government, health, and business.
- How can a plain language standard help an organization?
- How can a country adopt and use the plain language standard?
- How is plain language worth the investment?
- How can a plain language standard benefit businesses?
- How can a plain language standard benefit writers and editors?
- How to overcome common barriers to adopting plain language in organizations?
Read the latest news and announcements about the first ISO standard.
- Plain language standard press release [link to google doc upon release]
- Standards, training, certification: An update from the International Plain Language Federation
- Editors Weekly blog post
- PLAIN Canada CLAIR article “An International Standard for Plain Language Practitioners”
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Are you interested in learning more about the ISO standard, how your country can adopt it, or how to join the team advocating for the standard’s adoption and use? Follow the links below to be a plain language advocate!
- Guide to adopting the ISO plain language standard
- Checklist for adopting the ISO plain language standard
- Join the localization and implementation committee [can this link to the same contact form below in “Questions?” section?]
BUY THE STANDARD
The standard must be purchased from the ISO to read and use it. Organizations will be able to purchase the standard from the ISO store or your own National Standard Body (NSB). Purchasing from the NSB can be less costly when buying multiple copies, or sharing it within your organization on an intranet. You can find your NSB here.
If you have questions about the ISO standard, the International Plain Language Federation’s work on the standard, or how the standard can help your organization, please fill out the contact form below.