A Plain Language Audit Tool The Northwest Territories Literacy Council
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Things to think about before you edit your documents in plain language. pencil image
  1. Identify the number and type(s) of documents you need to communicate your message.

    • How many documents do you need to communicate your message? Should you combine information to make fewer documents? Does it make sense to take apart the information and have more?

    • What type of document will communicate your message best? Would a poster be better than a brochure? Would a summary be more useful than a full report?

  2. If you have a group of documents, make sure that terms are used consistently. Words should mean the same thing in each document.

  3. Identify a person and a schedule to do the edit.

  4. Learn about plain language writing. Use the handbook Write for Your Reader to help you.
Be a plain language advocate. pencil image
  1. Apply plain language guidelines when you write new documents.

  2. Organize plain language training for people who write public documents.

  3. Encourage your agency or government department to develop a plan to apply plain language guidelines to your public documents.

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