This week is New Zealand's unofficial plain language week. On Thursday we'll celebrate the winners of the Writemark Plain English Awards, 2014. Top prize is for promoting clear communication throughout an entire organisation. That's not an easy job. Elsewhere, gobbledygook from government agencies continues to gush. The wells of snake oil never run dry.
The Complete Plain Words is the UK equivalent of The Elements of Style. It is the biggest-ever bestseller from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, and has never been out of print since 1954.
The first edition in 1948 was a radical call to clarity from a top civil servant. Anything written by Sir Ernest Gowers, formerly Private Secretary to Lloyd George, had the ring of authority.
Accessibility deadlines coming up soon! They apply to all Public Service departments and Non-Public Service departments in the NZ State Services.
DIA expects each department to assess the accessibility of all its websites and intranets by January 2015.
Whew! How are you doing? Are you on track?
We've been accredited by the CPD Standards Office in London for four of our online programmes! The process was tough, involving rigorous examination of our programmes from both instructional design and continuing professional development perspectives. And that was good: we tightened up and smartened up. (I refuse to say we "manned up".)
My report on the DARE conference 2014 in London was going to happen as soon as the final batch of videos was posted. Here they are now:
Watch at your leisure: 10 videos of DAREconf speakers