Category - News

21
Jul

Readability Whitelisting now Live for VisibleThread Docs

Readability Whitelisting now Live for VisibleThread Docs We pushed “Readability Whitelisting” live earlier this week on our cloud servers. For on-premise users, this will be a part of our next release. What does Readability Whitelisting do? It allows VisibleThread Docs users exclude certain phrases from both readability calculations; Readability and Grade Level. To be concrete, let’s assume you …

4
Jul

VisibleThread Readability – New ‘Plain Language Tool’ for Business Writers

VisibleThread Readability – New ‘Plain Language Tool’ for Business Writers From Martech Series with Avinash Duduskar Published: July 04, 2017       Original Post: https://martechseries.com/mts-insights/staff-writers/visiblethread-readability-new-plain-language-tool-for-business-writers/ Producing clear accessible content just got simpler with VisibleThread Readability. The enterprise tool for business and government users analyzes and suggests how to simplify text content using Natural Language …

26
Jun

The US government’s websites are so unreadable they actually break their own laws

The US government’s websites are so unreadable they actually break their own laws From Quartz with Ephrat Livni Published: June 22, 2017     Original Post: https://qz.com/1010559/the-us-governments-websites-are-so-unreadable-they-actually-break-their-own-laws/ Federal agencies must use plain language. It’s the law. Yet the new 2017 US Government Website Clarity Index (pdf), put together by the content analysis company VisibleThread, shows …

15
Jun

VisibleThread at APMP’s Bid & Proposal Con 2017

VisibleThread at APMP’s Bid & Proposal Con 2017 APMP’s Bid & Proposal Conference is in full swing at the New Orleans Marriott as we head into Day 3 of the world’s largest event for proposal, bid, tender, capture and business development. We at VisibleThread have really enjoyed the first 2 days and are looking forward …

14
Jun

Fed News Radio: Plain writing still a challenge for most government websites

Fed News Radio: Plain writing still a challenge for most government websites From Federal News Radio with Terry Wing Published: June 13, 2017 Original Post: https://federalnewsradio.com/digital-government/2017/06/plain-writing-still-a-challenge-for-most-government-websites/ Anyone who has taken a writing class remembers the basic tenets of good communication: know your audience, use short sentences and understandable words, and speak in an active voice. Why …

13
Jun

Fed News Radio: How are agencies upholding Plain Language Act?

Fed News Radio: How are agencies upholding Plain Language Act? From Federal News Radio with Tom Temin Published: June 12, 2017 Our CEO, Fergal McGovern was recently interviewed for Fed News Radio’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin . The Plain Language Act, enacted back in 2010, requires federal agencies to use understandable English. Nearly all agencies …

29
May

These Agencies’ Websites are Easiest to Understand

These Agencies’ Websites are Easiest to Understand From NextGov with Mohana Ravindranath Published: May 26, 2017     Original Post: http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2017/05/these-agencies-websites-are-easiest-understand/138222/   Federal agencies need to clean up their websites so they’re interpretable by people with a minimum of a high school education, a report finds. President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act in 2010 …

6
Sep

Local authorities need to improve website readability, study says

Local authorities need to improve website readability, study says From Public Technology with Rebecca Hill Published: September 05, 2016 Original Post: https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/local-authorities-need-improve-website-readability-study-says   According to the study, which was carried out by Visible Thread – a company that aims to help organizations produce more understandable online content – just 82% of the 191 councils assessed achieved …

26
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 …

2
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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