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  • 1.Write Great Web Content: Plain Language in Action Session 1: September 8, 2011

2. Agenda for Session 1

  • Part 1: Course overview
  • Part 2: Plain language overview
  • Part 3: Review pre-course assignment
  • Part 4: Write task-oriented web content
  • Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up
  • Part 6: Session 1 homework writing assignment and reading assignment

3. Course Objectives for Session 1

  • In this session, you will learn:
  • What plain language is and how agencies should respond to the Plain Writing Act of 2010
  • How to write task-oriented web content

4. Agenda for Session 1

  • Part 1: Course overview
  • Part 2: Plain language overview
  • Part 3: Review pre-course assignment
  • Part 4: Write task-oriented web content
  • Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up
  • Part 6: Session 1 homework writing assignment and reading assignment

5. Part 1: Course overview

  • Four online course meetings (live webinars) on September 8, 15, 22, and 29
  • Pre-course writing assignment
  • Brief web writing practices during the online course meetings
  • Remember to print the PPT and other files before each meeting
  • Readings and web writing homework after each course meeting
  • Course text:Letting Go of the Words , by Ginny Redish

6. Agenda for Session 1

  • Part 1: Course overview
  • Part 2: Plain language overview
  • Part 3: Review pre-course assignment
  • Part 4: Write task-oriented web content
  • Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up
  • Part 6: Session 1 homework writing assignment and reading assignment

7. What is plain language? 8. Plain language is a communication philosophy

  • Plain languageis communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.
  • A communication is in plain language if theaudience for that communication can quickly and easily
    • find what they need
    • understand what they find
    • act appropriately on that understanding

9. Plain language is a community

  • Organizations
    • Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)
    • Center for Plain Language
    • Clarity
  • Federal agencies
    • Designated senior official
    • Plain language program
  • Plain language awards
    • Center for Plain Languages ClearMark Award
    • Legal Writing Institutes Golden Pen Award
    • NIHs Plain Language/Clear Communication Award

10. Plain language: Its the law 11. Final guidance on implementing the Plain Writing Act of 2010 12. Plain language shapes writers decisions at every stage of the writing process

  • Planning stage
    • Does this content meet an actual need?
    • Have the writers anticipated readers questions?
    • Does it have a clear message?
    • Will it enable readers to take action?
  • Drafting stage
    • Is the content broken into logical units or chunks?
    • Does the content offer the right amount and type of information; does it answer readers questions?
    • Does it include headings that will enable readers to scan?
  • Reviewing stage
    • Is the writing concise? Is the wording concrete?
    • Will readers understand the jargon or acronyms?
    • Are the sentences written in active voice?

13. Plain language:We know it when we see it 14. Not plain language

  • Local Veterans Employment Representatives conduct outreach to employers to engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment.

15. Why is this not plain?

  • Local Veterans Employment Representativesconduct outreachto employers toengage in advocacy effortswithhiring executivesto increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans andgenerally assistveterans togain and retainemployment.

16. Plain language rewrite

  • Local Veterans Employment Representativescontact employerstoencourage themto hire veterans, including disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans infinding and keepingjobs.

17. Does plain language = web writing? 18. Course topics for Session 1

  • Part 1: Course overview
  • Part 2: Plain language overview
  • Part 3: Review pre-course assignment
  • Part 4: Write task-oriented web content
  • Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up
  • Part 6: Session 1 homework writing assignment and reading assignment

19. Part 3: Review pre-course writing assignment and look at course text 20. Course topics for Session 1

  • Part 1: Course overview
  • Part 2: Plain language overview
  • Part 3: Review pre-course assignment
  • Part 4: Write task-oriented web content
  • Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up
  • Part 6: Session 1 homework writing assignment and reading assignment

21. Part 4: Write task-oriented web content

  • Helping peopledo things online(complete tasks) is web contents highest calling
  • Some web writing helps peopleknow
  • Some web writing helps peopledo
  • Best practice: focus on top tasks

22. Six guidelines for writing task-oriented web content

  • Name the task clearly and provide an overview.
  • Identify the outcome of the task.
  • Make the task scannable as users may bookmark it and return frequently.
  • Provide an example, illustration, or screenshot when necessary.
  • Link to background info instead of including it in the task.
  • Make the web content substantive; dont lock all the info about the task into the PDF form.

23. Name the task clearly and provide an overview 24. Identify the outcome of the task 25. Identify the outcome of the task 26. Make the task scannable 27. Provide an example, illustration, or screenshot - when necessary 28. Link to background info instead of including it in the task 29. Make the web content substantive;Dont lock all the info in a PDF 30. Course topics for Session 1

  • Part 1: Course overview
  • Part 2: Plain language overview
  • Part 3: Review pre-course assignment
  • Part 4: Write task-oriented web content
  • Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up
  • Part 6: Session 1 homework writing assignment and reading assignment

31. Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up

  • Questions?
  • Web pages to look at again?
  • Plain language writing practices to review?
  • Guidelines for writing task-oriented web content to review?

32. Course topics for Session 1

  • Part 1: Course overview
  • Part 2: Plain language overview
  • Part 3: Review pre-course assignment
  • Part 4: Write task-oriented web content
  • Part 5: Session 1 wrap-up
  • Part 6: Session 1 homework writing assignment and reading assignment

33. Part 6: Writing and reading homework for Session 1

  • By Tuesday, September 13:
  • Rewrite a task page
  • Read
  • Chapter 2, People! People! People!

34. Resource 35. Evaluation