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When a document is vital to your organisation’s image or efficiency, you need it to be clear, precise and readable. The Plain English Foundation offers expert in-depth, or substantive, editing to ensure this. Documents we regularly improve with in-depth editing include:
|The strategy will ameliorate the visual intrusion of large infrastructure elements such as the elevated roadway structure.
||The strategy will make large objects like the elevated roadway less obvious and more attractive.
Your readers, whether they are clients, staff or agencies you report to, need to quickly see your key information, from your achievements to your policies, and easily find their way around to learn more. Our specialist plain language editors will improve your documents by:
- reviewing the structure and bringing key information upfront
- using headings and numbering to help the reader navigate
- reducing clutter for greater efficiency
- lightening the tone with simple words and active voice.
Our client asked the Foundation to edit a Delegations Manual for expression and style. This long and detailed document in a basic table format had overly official and uninviting language. Staff had difficulty understanding who was responsible for particular tasks. Our edit removed wordiness and clutter, and reduced the word count by over 15%. We replaced officialese and introduced a more engaging tone. We also improved how staff navigated the manual by adding a summary table and simplified headings. The client was delighted with our work.