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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Benefits of plain language | Center for Plain Language

In a plain language document, people find information faster, understand it more accurately, and are more satisfied with it.

Those headings begin this article by the Center for Plain Language. The article summarizes findings of a study conducted by the American Institutes for Research:
In a study comparing original and plain language regulations from the Federal Communications Commission, both people who had experience with the old regulation and people who did not have that experience did much better with the plain language version ....
The article also briefly describes these two benefits:
  • Plain language reduces costs.
  • Plain language can bring in more money.
This article is featured in today's (July 18) Garbl's Plain English Paragraphs -- available at the Plain Language tab above.  Here, also, is a link to the Center for Plain Language.

For more information on plain language, check out Garbl's Plain English Writing Guide. It describes seven steps you can use to improve your writing skills:

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