The Clarity Editor

Plain language, accessibility

The words we use and how we present information matter for inclusion and accessibility. I’m daily learning how and hope that these articles will be useful for you too in reaching more people with your writing.

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Writing clear English for diverse audiences

We're advised to tailor our writing to our audiences. But what if our intended audience is very diverse? What can we do to write as clearly as possible? In today's ...
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Imprecise writing wastes time and money

How does not using plain language cost firms and workers money? I had a first-hand experience with a global firm. A few weeks ago, I did a one-time (non-editing) job ...
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PODCAST: How to write effectively & inclusively, on Tandem Nomads

Yikes, I was interviewed on the Tandem Nomads podcast! Like, right here --> Tandem Nomads! Tandem Nomads was founded and is run by Amel Derragui, a business and marketing coach ...
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Presenting in clear English with diverse audiences (highlights from a mini-webinar)

I had a great response to a 12-minute talk on how to use clear English to communicate with diverse audiences! Here's what I talked about. Families in Global Transition will ...
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RESOURCES: Plain language for academics

Here are links to articles from experts who argue how using plain language will help improve academic writing too. It's not about "dumbing down" your message but making sure that ...
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Plain language is a civil right

Access to information is essential for us to participate in society and lead healthy lives. Plain language helps us access that information, understand it, and use it to exercise our ...
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What’s wrong with “native speaker”? Plus ESL, ELL, EFL…alphabet soup!

In reality, a "native English speaker" means people who are from a Western English-speaking country. The term is used to exclude anyone who doesn't fit into that group, no matter ...
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Plain language vs. Easy English

Plain language's aim is to ensure that people can access (understand and use) the information they need to lead better lives. But there's also Easy English. The two share core ...
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RESOURCES: Plain language

Using plain language means writing in a way that your intended audiences can immediately find, understand, and use your messages and information. It's not about "dumbing down" your message but ...
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The word "design"

Plain language: Using design elements for clear communication

Plain language isn't just about the words; design makes it easier for readers to find, understand, and use the information in the document. Fortunately, you don't need to be a ...
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Hello written in many languages

The power of words: Multi-language authors

I am going to say "multi-language author" instead of "non-native English speaker" from now on ...
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3 tips to write succinctly

Academic writers are often told to "write succinctly"...but what makes your writing succinct? Use short, concise words, and short sentences ...
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3 ways to cut the clutter from your writing

Drafts of your manuscripts are bound to have clutter. That's perfectly normal. But what exactly is "clutter" and how can you get rid of it? Find the verb, cut repetition ...
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Plain language for academic & professional writing

Have you heard of "plain language"? It's language that your audience can understand clearly. The principles of plain language are useful for all writers, including academics. Get started with these ...
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