Friday, November 25, 2005

Fifth International Plain Language Conference

I have had the pleasure of working as a volunteer with Sally McBeth, Manager of the consultancy business Clear Language and Design, and organizer of the 2002 Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) conference in Toronto.

She just got back from the latest PLAIN conference in Washington, D.C. and reports in her newsletter that "the people who came were even more diverse than they were in Toronto – in terms of professional background as well as country of origin. At the Toronto conference, representatives of eight countries attended. This time, 14 countries were represented." The movement for plain language is spreading. Anyone who has ever filled out a tax form, had to work their way through a contract, or search through a software manual can only applaud.

Sally highlights 2 of the many presentations and workshops: one by the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Assistance, and another on usability by the original designer of the nutrition labels we all know from the sides of our cereal boxes.

The PLAIN website has more conference information as well as details about plain language initiatives worldwide by government agencies, the legal profession, business, etc. It also offers news stories about plain language and links to many organizations in the field.

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