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:
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
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.
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From Cheryl Stephens and Kate Harrison Whiteside
We are advocates for plain language who have been active in building the plain language movement for nearly 25 years.
We have set October 13 as International Plain Language Day. This annual event celebrates the work that is being done around the globe to bring clear communications to everyone. We decided to launch this event after seeing the great success experienced in building the LinkedIn Group Plain Language Advocates.
2011 was the first IPLDay and it was enjoyed by many around the world. You can see what happened last year by visiting our page at Facebook.com/InternationalPlainLanguageDay.
This year we will add an online component, which we will organize, to the local events.
In 2012 we are going to use visual media – YouTube and SlideShare – to share ideas, tips, and activities so we can all learn and advance this important movement.
Kate Harrison Whiteside