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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Does legal text have to be so spotty?

Written on November 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm, by

Legal documents often define key terms at the start, to clarify what is meant by ‘you’, ‘we’, ‘the contract period’, and so on. They then signal the defined terms in bold or colour whenever they appear. This one’s from a Standard Life ISA: The result is a spotty text that’s very hard to read. For  Continue Reading »

Free and difficult parking

Written on November 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm, by

This sign had me puzzling for several minutes in one of Ely’s car parks. It flummoxed at least three of my fellow-parkers too. Fortunately we have the Simplification Centre hack day on parking signs on 14 December.  Let’s see if we can fix this one. One of the challenges is that these days everyone expects  Continue Reading »

A Clear document that’s actually clear

Written on November 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm, by

On this blog we like to examine the claims of documents that describe themselves as simple or clear. Here’s one that passes our scrutiny with ease. The Clear Building Survey is a rare example of a radical document transformation that (a) doesn’t require a degree in design to do, (b) hugely improves the user experience,  Continue Reading »

Simple Action: simplifying parking signs

Written on November 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm, by

Parking notices are notoriously tricky. Many car parks are designed for particular purposes, which are enforced or encouraged by complicated pricing structures. A car park might be intended for supermarket users – it will be free for a time, then cost a lot. Or it may be intended for shoppers but not commuters: so you  Continue Reading »

Join the Privacy Icons Legal Hackathon

Written on November 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm, by

This Friday evening (November 16th) some of us are planning to join in a hackathon in San Francisco. Don’t worry, it’s by remote access. And if you look to the end of this post, you’ll find how you can help out at any time. The problem being addressed is the small print about privacy and  Continue Reading »