The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires that federal agencies use clear government communication that the public can understand and use.

While the Act does not cover regulations, three
Executive Orders share use cases for plain language: E.O. 12866E.O. 12988, and E.O. 13563.

Plain language guidelines exist to help you write clearly, so users can:

  • Find what they need.
  • Understand what they find.
  • Use what they find to meet their needs.

Plain Talk Usability Standard

Plain Talk requires using plain language or writing that users can understand and act upon after a single reading.


“Design for users; write for them.
Our words can ensure or deny access and understanding for all.
Make sure yours open doors.”

Carriann Lane