8 Factors That Influence Plain Language

8 Factors That Influence Plain Language


They are:

  1. The content of the document. What does the document say?
  2. The level of comprehension of the document. What does your audience understand when reading the document?
  3. The consistency of information. Is the information in the document used in a uniform and consistent manner?
  4. The organisation and style of the document. Is the lay-out of the document easy to understand?
  5. The vocabulary used. Would your audience be able to understand the language you used in the document?
  6. The sentence structure. Are sentences short, concise and easy to read?
  7. Headings. Did you use headings to help guide your audience through the document?
  8. Illustrations and visual aids. Did you use any illustrations or diagrams to assist your audience in understanding the document?

By Michele van Eck. Michele has a BComm in business management and law, as well as an LLB and an LLM. With specialised qualifications in corporate and contractual law, Michele writes for De Rebus and has co-authored articles for TSAR.

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