ERIC Number: ED390038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Plain Language Clear and Simple.
National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Written for Canadian public servants and written with their help, this handbook presents principles and tips to make official writing clear, concise, and well organized. The handbook defines "plain language" writing as a technique of organizing information in ways that make sense to the reader--using familiar, straightforward words. The handbook is designed to help writers with each step--from organizing their ideas to deciding on how the finished document should look. Chapters in the handbook are: (1) Plain Language and the Public Servant; (2) Before You Start Writing; (3) Make Your Writing Effective; (4) Clear and Simple--Paragraphs and Sentences; (5) Think about Your Choice of Words; (6) Appearances Are Very Important; and (7) Check with the Experts--Your Readers. A check list that summarizes key concepts in the handbook and a 59-item list of books on plain language, newsletters, workshops, and other resources are attached. (RS)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Foreign Countries, Language Usage, Layout (Publications), Readability, Technical Writing, Writing for Publication, Writing Improvement, Writing Skills
Canada Communication Group--Publishing, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0S9 (Catalogue No. Ci53-3/3-1991E: $6.95 Canadian; available in print, braille or on audio cassette).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Plain Language; Purpose (Composition)