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What happens after the ISO Plain Language Standard?

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has published a plain language standard. ISO 24495-1:2023. This standard provides guidance on how to write in plain language. This is communication that is clear, concise, and easy to understand.

The standard is divided into two parts:

Part 1: Governing principles and guidelines

Part 2: Specific guidance for different types of documents

Part 1 of the standard provides a set of principles for plain language writing. These principles include:

  • Put the reader first.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Avoid jargon and technical terms.
  • Use an active voice.
  • Structure information logically.
  • Use visuals to support the text.

Part 2 of the standard provides specific guidance for different types of documents. For example, contracts, user manuals, and government regulations.

The ISO plain language standard is a valuable resource for any writer. By following the principles and guidelines, you can be more accessible for your readers.

So, what happens after the ISO plain language standard is published? Here are a few things to expect:

  • Organisations will begin to adopt the standard. They’ll use it to improve their communication.
  • The standard itself does not carry legal powers. But it may influence more bills passed by governments, in which case it will have the power of law.
  • There will be an increased demand for plain language training and resources.
  • The standard will help to raise awareness of the importance of plain language communication.
  • It will lead to better understanding of complex information, which can lead to better decision-making.
  • It can also help to reduce errors and misunderstandings.
  • It could be used to create a plain language seal of approval for documents that meet the standard.
  • The standard could be used to develop plain language guidelines for specific industries or government agencies.

You can ensure your business is compliant and ready for this new standard by following our proofreading guide.