Plain Writing legislative history:  

   Comparisons of Bill Versions
   Legislative History
   Media's Response: Blogs, etc.
   Historical Bibliography

Government use of plain language editing software:  

   stylewriterforgovernment

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Plain Writing Supplies and Resources
— especially for government


Supplies:

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star StyleWriter Software (editing software for government)
      writersupercenter.com/stylewriterforgovernment, a project of the Plain Writing Association

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star StyleWriter Software (editing software for businesses, organizations, and individuals)
      Writers SuperCenter LLC

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Electronic Writing Course (self-directed writing course for government)
      writersupercenter.com/stylewriterforgovernment, a project of the Plain Writing Association

Resources:

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Federal Plain Language Guidelines
      — Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Drafting Legal Documents
      — Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Making Regulations Readable
      — Office of the Federal Register

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Re-Writing a Short Rule: Step by Step
      — Office of the Federal Register

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Preliminary Guidance for the Plain Writing Act of 2010
      — Office of Management and Budget

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Model Language for Agency Plain Language Page
      — (to comply with Plain Writing Act of 2010 and OMB preliminary guidance), PLAIN

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Correspondence Handbook
      — Department of Transportation, 1993

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Rulemaking Procedures and Plain Language Clarification
      — Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 1999

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star FAA Writing Standards
    — 2003

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Rulemaking Manual
      — Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 2000

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star A Plain English Handbook: How to create clear SEC disclosure documents
      — Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 1998

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Sample EPA documents and rules in plain language
      — Environmental Protection Agency

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective
      — Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Plain Language Tips
      — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Plain Language in Fish and Wildlife Service Documents
      — 2006

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Plain Language Principles and Thesaurus for Making HIPAA Privacy Notices More Readable
      — Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Guidelines for Using Plain Language at NIH
      — National Institutes of Health

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Sample Action Plan and Progress Report
      — National Institutes of Health

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star The Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines
      — Dept. of Health and Human Services

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Legal Writing 201: 30 Suggestions to Improve Readability or How to Write For Judges, Not Like Judges
      — by Judge Mark P. Painter, Ohio First District Court of Appeals

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Appellate Practice - Including Legal Writing From a Judge's Perspective
      — by Judge Mark P. Painter

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star An Introduction to Plain Language
      — by Cheryl Stephens, Plain Language Association International

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Plain Language: A Handbook for Writers in the U.S. Federal Government
      — by Richard Lauchmann, 2001-2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Plain Language In Law
      — by Sandeep Dave, 2002

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star The Lost Art of Summarizing
      — by Joseph Kimble, American Judges Assoc., 2001

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star How to Write in Plain English
      — Plain English Campaign

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Gobbledygook Generator
      — Plain English Campaign

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star How to Use Plain Language on a Government Website (video)
      — WebContent.gov

P.W.A. PROJECTS

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Plain Writing Legislation: A Comparison of Bills
      — This Project of the Plain Writing Association uses proofreading marks and side-by-side comparisons to show how the various versions of the major plain writing bills of the last few years evolved into the Plain Writing Act of 2010. (MORE)

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Plain Writing Legislative History
      — This Project of the Plain Writing Association presents a legislative history of the passage of the Plain Writing Act of 2010, documenting the process by which failed plain-writing legislation in the 110th and 111th Congresses ultimately led to the Act. (MORE)

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star Government Use of Plain Language Editing Software
      — This Project of the Plain Writing Association is a separate website (writersupercenter.com/stylewriterforgovernment) which advocates the use of the ground-breaking plain-English editing software known as StyleWriter Software to assist government in writing more clearly and concisely, in compliance with the Plain Writing Act. (MORE)

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star The Media's Response to Plain Writing Legislative Efforts
      — This ongoing Project of the Plain Writing Association attempts to document the media's response to the legislative efforts leading to the Plain Writing Act of 2010.  Focusing mainly on the period from 2007 to 2010, the Project, arranged chronologically, presents links to articles and posts in blogs, newspapers, and other periodicals. (MORE)

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / 
plain English star A Historical Bibliography of the Plain Language Movement
      — This ongoing Project of the Plain Writing Association presents links to articles that cover the main categories of the history of the plain language movement within American government. (MORE)

PLAIN ENGLISH SOFTWARE
StyleWriter For Government Website
Through our writersupercenter.com/stylewriterforgovernment website, PWA distributes plain-writing editing software to governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals. (MORE)

StyleWriter Editing Software
Working within MS Word, StyleWriter Editing Software converts any kinds of written documents (reports, correspondence, contracts, regulations, essays, etc.) into clear, concise, plain English... as you write. StyleWriter identifies and corrects more than 35,000 patterns of writing styles and problems. (See DEMO)

...StyleWriter Software is currently used in the offices of numerous federal agencies, such as the FDA, EPA, and FAA, as well as within 100s of businesses, organizations, and universities worldwide — and by 1000s of individuals.
      StyleWriter is helping to change the culture of careless, unclear, and confusing writing. And in the process, it is helping to save countless hours of work and millions of dollars otherwise lost answering confused client inquiries and complaints, clearing up foul-ups caused by miscommunications, and repeating misunderstood requests.

Electronic Writing Course
We now have at our StyleWriterForGovernment website an Electronic Writing Course that can be used in conjunction with, or separate from, the StyleWriter Software. It's a thorough self-directed course in writing that provides employees with all they need to know to be proficient editors of their work and to make the most effective use of StyleWriter Software. (DETAILS)

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