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Simplicity of language is testable — how about clarity?

To make written web content accessible, it should ideally be as clear and simple as possible. One word, plain as in plain language, means both clear and simple. But what we often forget is that these are two entirely different qualities. 

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Why the WCAG 2.0 reading level criterion is doomed

There's a major problem with the international web accessibility guideline designed to ensure that web content is as clear and simple as possible.

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Dare (conference) by name, dare by nature

 I'm packed ... ish. Leaving tomorrow, with the DARE conference 2014 in London my first destination. Don't those bags look neat? It's an illusion. 

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Plain language on government web sites: WCAG 2.0 reading level SC

The problem starts here:

Reading level: WCAG 2.0 criterion 3.1.5 LEVEL AAA
When text requires reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level after removal of proper names and titles, supplemental content, or a version that does not require reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level, is available. (Level AAA)

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Accentuate the affirmative: happy birthday, your company!

Birthday flowers for Contented
Most small or medium sized companies have their ups and downs. You know that!
All the more important to celebrate positive events and reward yourselves for effort as well as progress.
As it happens, this has been another good year for Contented.

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Don’t talk about plain language at work

Not plain language.The phrase
plain language (or plain English) is not plain language. The meaning of this phrase is masked and mysterious, known only to editors, content strategists, technical writers and other specialists.

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The magical alphabet of OCR: a trap for authors and proofreaders

OCR software mistakes symbols. Computer reading.Optical character recognition (OCR) is a blessing for publishers and authors, converting an image of text into a document, for example in Word. Magic! A lost manuscript restored from hard copy!

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