New year, new you, new (and clear) writing

The new year’s a time for fresh starts and bold resolutions. And what better way to revamp yourself than by sharpening your writing skills? Clear communication is essential in all aspects of life, from work emails to social media posts to that heartfelt letter to Grandma. But achieving clarity can be tricky, especially when common […]

11 January 2024 by Laura Kelly

Readability for all: the Adobe Readability Consortium

The Readability Consortium is a global initiative. Their goal is to make digital reading more equitable and accessible for all people. We look at what this means for readability.

29 September 2023 by Dave Child

Plain language without borders: the ISO standard is Language Neutral

For the first time, we have an internationally agreed-upon Plain Language standard. It defines plain language and provides guidance on good readability.

31 August 2023 by Dave Child

The ISO has published its Plain Language Standard

What is ISO? ISO is the International Organization for Standardization. It is a worldwide federation that develops international standards with input from standards bodies worldwide. ISO is best known for technology, safety and management standards. However, it has turned its focus towards plain language. With the overall objective to: “help authors develop documents that communicate […]

22 August 2023 by Dave Child

Unravelling the science of reading comprehension

Have you ever wondered what goes on in our minds as we read? Let’s explore the fascinating science behind reading comprehension. We'll delve into its mechanisms and the role of readability.

31 July 2023 by Dave Child

Overcoming common objections to readability

If you're having a hard time convincing a decision maker that readability software is worthwhile, here's how to overcome objections to readability.

30 May 2023 by Dave Child

Readability in eCommerce

In eCommerce, readability is particularly crucial. Users need to be able to comprehend product descriptions and other important information.

25 April 2023 by Dave Child

The impact of formal and complex language in government communications

A recent study has found formal government writing improves engagement. We look at what this means for Plain Language.

20 March 2023 by Dave Child

National Proofreading Day: celebrating the pedantic

U.S. National Proofreading Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. This day is dedicated to promoting and encouraging error-free writing.

8 March 2023 by Dave Child

What are sensitivity readers?

The publishing industry has been working to increase diversity and representation which has led to a growing need for sensitivity readers. Sensitivity readers have been in the headlines recently because of the recent editing decisions by Puffin on Roald Dahl.

28 February 2023 by Dave Child

New study shows font readability is very individual

Readable can help you to change your content structure to improve readability. We also follow developments in readable design. This study caught our eye.

25 January 2023 by Dave Child

New Zealand passes plain language act

Whether it’s in the public or the private sector, readability has the power to create change. That’s why we were excited to hear that New Zealand passed its own plain language bill.

2 December 2022 by Laura Kelly