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Obama signs Plain Writing Act
[28 Oct 2010] On 13 October, the US President signed into law the Plain Writing Act of 2010, which requires federal agencies to use plain writing in government documents for the public.
‘This is a triumphant moment for all those who support plain language use,’ said Dr Annetta Cheek, Chair of the Center for Plain Language, long-time advocate for plain writing. ‘The Act defines plain writing as writing that the audience can understand and use because it is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices of plain writing.’
You can see:
- the official statement by the White House Press Secretary at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/13/statement-press-secretary
- the full text of the Act at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgibin/ getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h946enr.txt.pdf.