Plain language is communication that considers its audience’s information and reading needs in its language, organization, and design. Plain language avoids foreign phrases, outdated or pompous expressions, and jargon. Where jargon is unavoidable plain language communicators explain it. Plain language is clearly and simply written, but it is not condescending or simplistic.
Attached to this document are basic guidelines for plain language. For more information and for up-to-date guidelines, contact Communications Nova Scotia.
Departments may make arrangements to provide plain language programs for their employees who are responsible for the development of written communications. Any funds spent on these programs are to be absorbed by each department from existing budget allocations. The Department of Human Resources now offers plain language training through consultants. In addition, online training developed by the Province of Ontario’s Management Board Secretariat will be available on the Intranet.
For the first two years, large written projects already under way (where the cost to change the writing would be prohibitive) will be exempt from the policy.
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