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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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Writing tip: principle or principal?

This pair of words has been stumping people forever, and no wonder— they have rather similar meanings, and one of them (principal) has three meanings.

The word principle is always a noun and it is always a thing (not a person). Principle means a standard, basic truth, law or rule. A principle can be theoretical (the osmosis principle) or moral (standing up for your principles).  

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The ultimate cafe for solitary offline work

Wellington flat white coffeeI know the perfect office-cafe in Wellington, but I'm not going to tell you its name. Oh, no no no. My secret.

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