Plain English Campaign releases Drivel Defence

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The Plain English Campaign has just released a JavaScript-based application called Drivel Defence.The authors of the application allege that it will help authors assess their writing for Plain English as part of a general effort to improve accessibility. The idea is that you cut and paste your ‘drivel’ from a Word document or web site into the applet and you will get an analysis of words per sentence, average sentence length and the longest sentence.There are two options for download:Drivel Defence for Text. This allows you to check text by copying it from any software or document. It’s ideal for letters or reports. Drivel Defence for Web. This is a tool specifically to help website developers check whether the content of web pages is in plain English.Right – so where shall I start? I think maybe the HMRC website is as good a place as any. I may at last be able to have a version of the self-assesment form that I can understand!

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Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
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