October 5 Vancouver Conference
October 5 Vancouver Conference
Katherine McManus wrote to us:
"In a world where web communication is the dominant form of communication for every office, every field, every person, what impact does that have on the "Degrees of Difference" Neil James [Slideshare here] highlighted:
"I would like to see the coming symposium speakers explore their own fields and talk about how preparing all information for consumption on the web has changed their work."
There are many title used in professional communication work. A few are technical writing, information design, information architecture, content creation, and, of course, writing and editing. Neil suggested a convergence of communication professions,and he offered some suggested steps to take to make that happen:
From our different professions in the communication field, are we suffering from the phenomenon of perception bias?
According to Mitch Ditcoff,
"Pitch a challenge to an IT person, and it will be seen as a technology problem. Pitch it to a CFO, and it will be seen as a financial problem. Pitch it to a marketing person and it will be seen as a branding problem. Or as a wise man once said, 'When a pickpocket meets a saint all he sees are pockets.'"
This year we hope IPLDay organizers will aim to see the big picture:
Gathering people from all perspectives to see what we have in common but what distinct support each brings to successful communication.
Registration Now Open for PLAIN2013
Yes, you can now register at the early-bird rate for this great international conference on plain language. This will be the 9th conference of Plain Language Association International and its 20th anniversary celebration. Current rates are
Early bird rate: $375—before April 15, 2013
PLAIN member: $350—until May 31
Visit the website first at http://www.plain2013.org/register.html
All over the globe people are celebrating. Share your experiences here....
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
Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez envoyer un courriel à email@example.com.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Calgary event hosted by Terri Peters at Bow Valley College
Join in the celebrations on IPLDay Oct 13, 2012
Calgarians are getting together to talk about it, share ideas, network and celebrate.
There are door prizes, announcements and a great time to be had.
Contact Terri Peters for details.
Plain Language Unplugged