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Fed Plain Language Guidelines

Fed Plain Language Guidelines

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Obama signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil service to jettison the jargon. This PDF shows the new guidelines which take effect Oct. 2011.
Obama signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil service to jettison the jargon. This PDF shows the new guidelines which take effect Oct. 2011.

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Many government websites and letters contain meaningless formal language such as

flowery welcome messages and “we hope you get a lot out of our program” messages.
Using this type of language wastes space and your users’ time. It conveys the
impression that you are insincere. Don’t waste your users’ time. Instead, get directly to
the point. Remember, time is money on the web. Keep your important information at
the top of a web page. Don’t bury it under fluff messages.

Here is a brief list of meaningless filler phrases:

Thinking outside the box

Value added

Best practice

For all intents and purposes

Touch base

Integrating quality solutions

Promoting an informed and inclusive multicultural society

Strategically engaging schools, community organizations, and so on . . .

Source

Redish, Janice, Writing Web Content that Works, 2007, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, San
Francisco.

www.contentini.com/writing-better-tips/

Federal Plain Language Guidelines, December 2010

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