Plain Language

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Plain language is clear.

To make sure anyone can understand:

  • quickly and completely


Words with same meanings[edit]

Easy to read

Pidgin-Language

PL (abbreviation)

Leichte Sprache (German-Translation)

Writer-based prose

E2R


Detailed explanation[edit]

Plain language is a civil right.


Plain Language Rules:

- Use easy to understand words

- Speak and write to the user as you - do not refer to we

- If you need to use difficult words, explain them clearly

- Use examples to explain things

- Keep your sentences short

- Speak to people directly

- Use positive sentences rather than negative ones where possible

- Use active language. Avoid passive voice.

- Write only 1 idea per sentence

- Avoid using initials. Use the word in full where possible


- Always use large writing

- Always use a font that is clear and easy to read. For example Arial or Tahoma

- Do not write whole words in capitals

- Always start a new sentence on a new line.

- Never justify your text.

- Do not write in columns

- To help understanding your text, you should put images next to it to describe what it is about.


Plain Language can help improve communication.

It takes less time to read and understand.

It tells the reader exactly what the reader needs to know.

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