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
  • Declassification Meetings:   Before   |   After
  • ERA Training:   Before   |   After
  • Federal Record Center:  Before   |   After 
  • 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)
  • Preservation
  • Presidential Library Essay:  Before   |   After  
  • Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) :   Before   |   After
  • Records Management Services Customer Satisfaction Survery:  Before   |   After  

  • Research:
    • Main Page:   Before   |   After (links to the Military Logbooks section)
  • Screening Reports for Privacy:  Before   |   After 

  • Veteran's Letter:  Before   |   After

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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