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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The Media's Response to the Legislative Efforts
Leading to the Plain Writing Act of 2010

— In Blogs, Newspapers, and Other Periodicals,
2007-2010

A Project of the Plain Writing Association

  2010 2009 2008 2007 Additions/Corrections  

The links below cover the year 2009. Use the navigation links immediately above to proceed to a different year.
December 23, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Krisp Communications, Clear Writing - It's the Law


november 29, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Center for Plain Language, Plain Language Matters, A Plain-Language Revolution?


October 30, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Wolters Kluwer CCH, Pamela Wolf, Could you put that plain language into the law, please?


October 29, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Washington Post, Federal Diary, Joe Davidson, Time for a Plain-Language Revolution


April 13, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Washington Watch, Jim Harper, So You Think You Can Get Government in Plain English?

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Irregular Times, F.G. Fitzer, Plainly Written Irony


April 9, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Bloomberg, Todd Shields, Clear Government Writing Has a Price, U.S. Budget Analysts Say


April 8, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Pioneer Institute, Steve Poftak, Truth Telling


April 2, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Government Executive, Terry Kivlan, 'Plain English' bill advances in Senate


March 16, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Active Voice Writing & Editorial Services, New momentum for plain language in government


March 12, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Center for Plain Language, Plain Language Matters, Representative Braley and Senator Akaka Reintroduce the Plain Language Act

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star Secrecy News, Steven Aftergood, Plain Writing, and Sunshine in Litigation(also in: In God's Name, April 18, 2009)


February 12, 2009

Plain Writing Association / Plain Writing Act / plain English star 9to5to9, Debra Legg, Keep It Simple, Stupid - and understandable

  2010 2009 2008 2007 About Additions/Corrections  


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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