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Government Latin ban
The Government has taken the surprising step of banning Latin abbreviations from its websites.
So e.g., i.e. and etc will all soon be booted off GOV.UK pages, apparently because foreign readers find them ‘difficult to read’. A spokesman said the phrases could even confuse English speakers who were ‘under stress or in a hurry’.
We voted 'Leave' – what now?
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Web deceit gets trickier
We’ve already highlighted some of the dodgy techniques websites use to con customers.
Shamefully, not only have many websites continued to use them (and, in some cases, pass them off as perfectly OK), they’ve started to use even sneakier programs.
You know all about the SATS controversy. Teacher frustration, parent demonstrations, child misery.
We’ve had plenty of contact from teachers and irate parents in particular. And the evidence – in this case the actual SATS questions, as sent in to us – suggest they’ve got plenty of reason to be upset.
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Obviously, easy-to-understand text is very important. But what if that text is badly laid out, difficult to read or hard to find?