Open Government at the National Archives

Plain Writing Examples

View these before and after examples to see how the National Archives is implementing plain language.

  • Accessibility Statement:  Before   |   After
  • Contact Us:  Before  |  After (links to the Contact Us page)
    2022 Before
  • Covid-19 Updates:   Before  |  After  (links to the Coronavirus page)
    2021 Before
  • Declassification Meetings:   Before   |   After
  • Emergency Requests:  BeforeAfter
  • ERA Training:   Before   |   After
  • Federal Records Center:  Before   |   After 
  • FOIA:   Before    |  After (links to the FOIA section)
    2021 Before
  • Gal~entines:  Before   |   After 
  • Information Technology Organization Chart:  Before   |   After
  • Learning and Organization Development:  Before   |   After
  • NARA Notices about Retirement:   Before   |  After
  • Online Databases:   Before   |   After (links to the Genealogy section)
  • Order Status:  Before   |   After
  • Preservation
  • Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) :   Before   |   After
  • Research Main Page:   Before   |   After (links to the Military Logbooks section)
  • Screening Reports for Privacy:  Before   |   After
  • Veteran's Service Records:
    • Letter:   Before   |   After
    • Military Service Records:   Before   |   After (links to the Veterans section)

New Content

These new website pages apply the task-focused approach and Plain Writing guidelines to encourage skimming, scanning, and selecting.

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