October 5 Vancouver Conference
October 5 Vancouver Conference
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.
Announcing 2nd Annual International Plain Language Day October 13
International Plain Language Day (IPLDay.org) October 13, 2012 will be observed all over the world. Events and contests are organized locally but celebrated globally. Last year, events took place in South Africa, Canada, the U.S., Sweden, New Zealand, and Argentina.
Organizers are asking associations to endorse IPLDay and plan their own events to mark the day. A running list of planned events will be available at the website IPLDay.org.
“Vancouver and Calgary have proclaimed International Plain Language Day October,” said Cheryl Stephens, a leader in the movement and an expert in plain legal language. “We are hoping people in other cities will ask their mayors to do the same.”
"We started the international plain language network and conferencing in the early 90s using only email and web pages," said Kate Harrison Whiteside, a social media and plain language consultant. "These days LinkedIn’s Plain Language Advocates Group that I host is nearing 2,000 members." added Stephens.
"We’ll use the social web to get world-wide support for this important movement. Our virtual conference on plain language takes place October 13. We chose this date--the anniversary of the US Plain Writing Act--to celebrate hard-won achievements in many countries and the talented people who are making information materials understandable and usable."
Around the world, progress has been made in recognizing the need and the public and commercial demand for clearer information. Plain language is now on the agenda for the health, legal, government, banking, social, education and business sectors.
On October 13, 2012, people and organizations will be hosting events online, in offices, and on the streets to mark their support for putting readers first in communication by using plain language.
Cheryl Stephens, email@example.com 1-604- 739-6884
Kate Harrison Whiteside, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Plain Language IPLDay.org
Likes at IPLD Facebook Page Twitter Hashtag- #iplday
Background documents and graphics are available at http://tinyurl.com/IPLD-MediaResources
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