Yesterday I attended the first ever Women in Tech government-wide conference. I was proud to be one of around only 5 men in a room full of women, but it was a shame there were so few of us.
Ben Stevens is a content designer for Home Office Digital with more than ten years of experience working in various digital content roles. Ben is an advocate of Plain English, and believes that the best way to write online is with the fewest and simplest words possible.
Many content designers come from editorial or journalistic backgrounds, and while digital continues to become the dominant force in those roles, an agile approach to working hasn’t been adopted by everyone.
The Government Digital Service (GDS) has produced guidance on writing for government services. While using simple vocabulary and short sentences is great advice, the guidance is written with native English speakers in mind.