This is the public repo for, which is an online resource to help federal employees understand and comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. It represents a joint effort by the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) and the General Services Administration.

About the site

  • This site uses Jekyll, a Ruby-based static site generator. For more information about using Jekyll, refer to the Jekyll documentation.

  • The site is built with the U.S. Web Design Standards, a set of reusable, high-quality components for modern websites. We're using the Web Design Standards Jekyll theme with some customized styles and Font Awesome icons.

  • The site is optimized for deployment on 18F's Federalist publishing service.

Running the site locally

After cloning the repo, install Jekyll and any necessary dependencies using:

npm install
bundle install

To run the site locally, from the project folder, run:

bundle exec jekyll serve

If all goes well, visit the site at http://localhost:4000.


To provide feedback on, follow this repository and open an issue in the repo.

Public domain

This project is in the worldwide public domain. As stated in CONTRIBUTING:

This project is in the public domain within the United States, and copyright and related rights in the work worldwide are waived through the CC0 1.0 Universal public domain dedication.

All contributions to this project will be released under the CC0 dedication. By submitting a pull request, you are agreeing to comply with this waiver of copyright interest.

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