our work

The International Plain Language Federation brings together plain language organisations and individuals. We promote the public benefits of plain language and improve professional practice.

about us

The International Plain Language Federation was established in 2007 as a joint project of three organizations – the Center for Plain LanguageClarity and the Plain Language Association International (PLAIN). We work together to advance plain language as a profession.

We are managed by a board made up of representatives of these three organisations.

Our current priorities

International standard

Developing an international standard for plain language.

Training and certification

Exploring options for training and certifying plain language practitioners.

developing an international standard

Overview

One of our main activities right now is helping our 3 member organizations ― Clarity, PLAIN, and the Center ― to work with the International Standards’ Organization (ISO) to develop a multi-language standard for plain language.

We initiated ISO’s project to develop the plain language standard, see the June 2019 update below.

How you can be involved

Read here about how you can be involved

Updates

Sept 2020 – Where we’re at, next steps, and the back story

Oct 2019 – ISO votes “Yes” to develop a plain language standard

June 2019 – One giant step towards a plain language standard

2018 – Special issue of The Clarity Journal, dedicated to the standards project, see The Clarity Journal, 79, 2018

2010 – Special issue of The Clarity Journal containing an Options Paper setting out the International Plain Language Federation’s plans, including to try to develop an international plain language standard.

Standards working group

Christopher Balmford
Australia

Bede Sunter
Australia

Karen Schriver
United States

Rosa Margarita Galán Vélez
Mexico

Gael Spivak
Canada

Anne-Marie Hasselrot
Sweden

Joanna Richardson
Argentina

Lynda Harris
New Zealand

Sissel C. Motzfeldt
Norway

Milva Finnegan
USA

Annetta Cheek
United States

Joh Kirby
Australia

Miguel Martinho
Portugal

Susan Kleimann
USA

Nicole Fernbach
Canada

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