Celebrations are planned around the world to mark advances made this year in clear language and design for consumer and public communication on the 2nd International Plain Language Day October 13, 2012.Cheryl Stephens, a leader in the movement and an expert in plain legal language:
Vancouver and Calgary have proclaimed International Plain Language Day October 13. We are hoping people in other cities will ask their mayors to do the same.
October 13 is a significant date in the world of plain language. We chose this date - the anniversary of the U.S. Plain Writing Act - to celebrate hard-won achievements in many countries and the talented people who are making information materials understandable and usable.Kate Harrison Whiteside, a social media and plain language consultant:
We started the international plain language network and conferencing in the early '90s using only email and Web pages. Now, we’ll use the social web to get worldwide support for this important movement.Stephens and Whiteside formed the Plain Language Network in 1993. Now called the Plain Language Association InterNational, the growing volunteer nonprofit organization includes plain-language advocates, professionals, and organizations committed to plain language.