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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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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Interview on Tandem Nomads podcast!

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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Attempts of a non-designer to visually present information so it’s clear

I used to think that tinkering with figures and tables was an indulgence—I did it for fun if I had time. But now I know that visual presentation matters and ...
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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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BOOK: The Elements of International English Style, by Edmond H. Weiss

Ever wonder how to write English suited for international readers? Edward Weiss's Elements of International English Style is a comprehensive and thoughtful guide that gives concrete strategies while being sensitive ...
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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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