Category - News

6
Jul

VisibleThread Web: Improving your online content

VisibleThread Web: Improving your online content From Network World with Mark Gibbs Published: June 06, 2015 Good content means better user engagement but without tools to help you, polishing the text on a large site for maximum impact can be a nightmare One of the problems with producing online content is polishing it to meet …

16
May

“College degree needed” to read many state websites

“College degree needed” to read many state websites From Independent with Sarah McCabe Published: May 15, 2016 Environment department’s website came last in study of readability A review of government websites has claimed a college education is required to understand more than half of them.   Government websites which provide instructions on social assistance and …

22
Apr

Fed News Radio: Federal procurement documents are incomprehensible

Fed News Radio: Federal procurement documents are incomprehensible From Federal News Radio with Tom Temin Published: April 22, 2016 Our CEO, Fergal McGovern was recently interviewed for Fed News Radio’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin . Tom and Fergal discussed the results from VisibleThread’s latest report on US Government procurement language which found that federal …

15
Mar

Access to Understandable Health Information with Dr. Lidia Schapira and Fergal McGovern

Access to Understandable Health Information with Dr. Lidia Schapira and Fergal McGovern From Empowered Patient Radio with Karen Jagoda Published: March 14, 2016 Dr. Lidia Schapira, Editor-in-Chief Cancer.net, and Fergal McGovern CEO VisibleThread on the challenge of getting patients and caregivers accurate health information that is accessible and understandable.  Lidia and Fergal provide thoughtful observations about …

11
Mar

The Best and Worst at Plain Language in Government

The Best and Worst at Plain Language in Government From GovLoop. By Lauren Girardin Published: February 09, 2016 Federal agencies are legally required to use plain language. Yet, according to a new report, federal agencies are failing to do so.Plain language has been the law of the land for federal agencies since the Plain Writing Act of …

10
Feb

GCN: Notwithstanding endeavors to eschew obfuscation, website readability drops

GCN: Notwithstanding endeavors to eschew obfuscation, website readability drops From GCN. By Amanda Ziadeh Published: February 09, 2016 More than five years after President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act, the readability of federal agency websites has gotten worse. The complex, “government-ese” language not only obscures communications, but it also costs agencies money as …

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