Welcome to 18F’s plain language tutorial!

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” — Albert Einstein

Plain language is concise, straightforward writing. It avoids jargon and obscurity. It considers broad audiences. It makes reading simple, but it doesn’t condescend. And if you’re writing for the government, plain language is the law.

This tutorial will cover the basics of plain language and point to resources you can use for continued study.