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 section)
  • 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
  • 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.


Contact us if you have suggestions on ways to improve our documents or website. Email plainwriting@nara.gov

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