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Clear language

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Writing clearly and simply makes information easier for everyone to understand.

Complex language is challenging

Complex language can be very difficult for some people, especially for those:


  • with learning difficulties or dyslexia

  • reduced cognitive abilities

  • where English is not the first language

Translator software that translates English into other languages also works better when the original content is in clearly worded.

Advice and guidance on creating good readable content

Writing in plain English is about adopting the techniques of:

  • using short sentences

  • avoiding complex language or words

The Scottish Government have a great webpage that offers advice and resources to help write good readable content for people with different needs

Here is another great website to explain readability from the home office.

Five powerful tips for writing in plain English

This great video goes through five top tips to help you writing in plain English.

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