Department of Administrative Services

​Plain language: It's the law, and a good idea

When government writers use plain language, the audience finds what it needs, understands what it finds, and uses what it finds to meet its needs. State agencies are encouraged to use the resources posted below to promote use of plain language to meet the standards of Oregon's plain language law, ORS 183.750.

Guides and tools

Plain language style guide
One-page quick card for writers
Short articles on three main writing topics
DAS writing for easy reading
A self-help guide

DAS editorial style guide​
Standards for DAS that other agencies may use
DCBS stylebook
Comprehensive advice from DCBS communications experts
A style guide from the Nursing Home Administration
Office of State Court Administrator clear writing guidelines
Writing guidelines for authors who write official documents for the Office of the State Court Administrator

Training materials

State employees can visit the Oregon State Library's website for additional resources and training materials on plain language.

Plain language initiatives

A non-profit organization focused on helping government agencies and businesses write clearly

Federal Government
​A group of federal employees who support the use of clear communication in government writing forms the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)