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Monthly Archives: November 2013

No, but you could have made it legible, Virgin Media

Written on November 23, 2013 at 12:46 am, by

My cable TV contract arrived from Virgin Media, accompanied by the traditional terms and conditions in unreadable type, complete with jokey cover. But buried on page 4 is the rather alarming clause that, although I’ve signed a contract for a year, they can put the price up at any time. The type is tiny, and  Continue Reading »

Simpler travel money

Written on November 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm, by

Buying foreign currency seems deliberately complex – some suppliers advertise ‘commission-free’ deals, but they can easily make up the lost fees through a poor exchange rate. This sign I photographed in New York shows the way forward: it simply shows how much you’ll get for $600 or $1250 dollars. If every bank did this, we  Continue Reading »

Slides from PLAIN2013, Vancouver

Written on November 18, 2013 at 10:40 am, by

PLAIN stands for Plain Language Association International – it’s the best place to compare plain language activity around the world. They recently had a conference in Vancouver, Canada, and the slides are now available on Slideshare. Look out for Cathy Basterfield and Mark Starford on Plain Language for Democracy and Citizenship.

Lewis, Horabin & Gane on algorithms: scanned

Written on November 17, 2013 at 12:19 am, by

Last year I recalled the pioneering work on flowcharts and algorithms published by Brian Lewis, Ivan Horabin and Christopher Gane in 1967. I’ve now scanned it to make it more generally available. It is placed here under Open Government Licence. The full citation should be BN Lewis, IS Horabin and CP Gane (1967), Flow charts, logical trees and  Continue Reading »