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Rosemary Knight, Plain English Specialist at Write Limited,
New Zealand reports that IPLDay was celebrated early in NZ:
"We had an evening session on Tuesday this week with a panel of five Wellington editors. The session was part of our TCANZ (Technical Communicators of NZ) Plain English Group activities for the year. We began of course with a little wine and cheese and there was noisy networking before and after."
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Conférence « Le langage « clair et simple » : recherches, pratiques et évolutions » À Ottawa le 11 octobre 2012
Conference "Plain language in 2012: what's new?"
In French, on Oct. 11
Pour souligner la journée internationale du « style clair et simple », Dominique Joseph présentera une conférence à l'Université d'Ottawa.
As part of International Plain Language Day celebrations, Dominique Joseph will discuss exciting developments in the world of plain language and clear communication.
The conference will be presented in French.
Title: Le langage « clair et simple » : recherches, pratiques et évolutions
Au programme: les dossiers chauds de l'heure dans l'univers du « style clair et simple », un monde en pleine évolution!
Date et heure : Le jeudi 11 octobre, à 17 h 30
When: Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 pm
Endroit : Université d'Ottawa, pavillon Montpetit, salle 204
Where : University of Ottawa, Montpetit building, room 204
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The current plain language movement dates back more than 20 years, but the team players have changed. Today the movement is international and multilingual. And several nonprofit associations are pushing the agenda forward.
Here are a few:
The Center for Plain Language, Plain Language Association InterNational, and Clarity created the International Plain Language Working Group and has been investigating ways to work together to advance plain language work. You can read their initial recommendations as published in the journal, Clarity. This is their working definition of plain language:
“A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find, understand and use what they need.”
A new European-Union-funded program, IC Clear (International Consortium for Clear Communication), will develop and pilot the modules of a postgraduate course in clear communication. The course will be a mix of plain language, information design, and usability techniques. Simon Fraser University in Canada will design an online module.
IC Clear (ICClear.net) has adopted a working definition that says:
"In a clear document, whether online or in print, people for whom the information is intended can:
Karen Schriver, consultant and academic, recently presented the summation of 20 years of research in support of plain language guidelines. Find it at http://www.clarity-international.net/conferencepapers2012.html.
Thomas Cooley Law School professor Joe Kimble has published his latest book, Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please. He provides a history and explains the cost-savings from using plain language. See the table of contents here:
And I have published the first plain language manual intended for college-level courses, called Plain Language in Plain English. Learn more about it at PlainLanguageInPlainEnglish.com.
This post, from 2012, is showing up on Twitter in 2014. Please go to our current blog post or to the home page for this site to learn about plans for 2014.
Cheryl Stephens, plainlanguagewizardry.com, is hosting the Plain Language Writers and Editors event to celebrate IPLDay.
The meet-up (register by clicking on the meet-up link) takes place Saturday, Oct 13 from 2 - 4 pm at the ING Cafe, 466 Howe Street.
The meeting on Oct 13 will mainly be a "meet and greet" in celebration of International Plain Language Day but for even more fun we will try our hands at producing a safety notice exhibiting clear language and design.