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For more information about plain English/plain language, concise writing and global English, check out the online and print resources below and Garbl's Concise Writing Guide, which provides simpler alternatives to wordy, verbose, overstated or pompous words and phrases.

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Plain-language programs of U.S. government agencies

U.S. Plain Language Action and Information Network--a government-wide group of federal employees working to improve communications from the government to the public. The group originated with a presidential memorandum on plain language in June 1998.

Federal Plain Language Guidelines--major guidance document of the U.S. Plain Language Action and Information Network to help federal government employees write plain-language documents that readers understand on first reading.

Plain Language Online Training--free interactive program developed by the National Institute of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (use the Browse button for non-NIH employees)

Plain Language: A Handbook for Writers in the U.S. Federal Government, Richard Lauchman (PDF, 287KB)

Other government websites

Other organizations

  • Plain Language Association InterNational--a volunteer group of plain-language advocates and professionals in public, nonprofit and private organizations. PLAIN's website provides free articles, tutorials and web links about writing, government programs, legal resources, literacy, and other related topics.
  • Plain Train: Plain Language Online Training--helpful tips and techniques for improving your communication skills with the use of plain language.
  • Center for Plain Language--a U.S.-based nonprofit membership organization of people in government, academia and business who are dedicated to promoting and supporting the use of plain language in the public and private sectors.
  • Clarity--an international association promoting plain legal language.
  • Plain Language Commission--a private organization in the United Kingdom that offers free articles on writing, readability, jargon, standards of English, legal English and grammar.

Other print and web references

This page updated July 11, 2012.

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