Archives - August 2016

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Aug

How bad are RFPs? Plenty

How bad are RFPs? Plenty From Washington Technology with Nick Wakeman Published: August 25, 2016 Original Post: https://washingtontechnology.com/blogs/editors-notebook/2016/08/visible-thread-rfp-analysis.aspx?s=wtdaily_260816   It is no secret that solicitations can be hard to read. The language is technical and often convoluted. It can lead to confusion and misunderstandings. Not to mentions delays and inefficiencies. But just how bad is …

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Aug

How To Make $801,732 By Speaking Like A 12-Year-Old

How To Make $801,732 By Speaking Like A 12-Year-Old In 2004, the Department of Revenue in Washington decided to make their language so simple, a 12-year-old could understand it. From their website to the letters they sent, they rewrote all content using plain English principles. No jargon, no acronyms, just content so simple any 7th …

8
Aug

South African Provincial Government Websites Fail to Meet Basic Plain Language Guidelines

South African Provincial Government Websites Fail to Meet Basic Plain Language Guidelines VisibleThread conducted an analysis across 30-plus Provincial Government websites from Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape.   Cape Town, South Africa, Monday 8th August 2016. VisibleThread, a global leader in content quality management, reports communication on South Africa government websites fails to meet …

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Aug

Government Matters: What makes a good (or bad) RFP?

Government Matters: What makes a good (or bad) RFP? From Government Matters with George Jackson Published: July 29, 2016 Original Post: http://govmatters.tv/what-makes-a-good-or-bad-rfp/   On Government Matters, VisibleThread CEO Fergal McGovern discussed the impact of poorly written documents on the federal procurement process. Original Post: http://govmatters.tv/what-makes-a-good-or-bad-rfp/ ​

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Aug

Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms

Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms From The Huffington Post with Robin Raskin Published: August 01, 2016 Original Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-raskin/hillary-clintons-acceptan_1_b_11265336.html   Last week, we ran a software analysis on clarity of speech and word usage for Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Now, it’s Hillary’s turn. VisibleThread, a firm …

2
Aug

UK GOV Style Guide – No more eg, and ie – How to quantify the impact of these changes

UK GOV Style Guide – No more eg, and ie – How to quantify the impact of these changes Recently, the UK’s Government Digital Service updated its UK GOV style guide. In an effort to make content more accessible, they now discourage the use of Latin abbreviations. Examples like ‘ie’ and ‘eg’. We’ve seen similar …