[community] Cognitive access / simplified documents

Ambrose Cheuk-Wing Li al12si at student.ocadu.ca
Wed Aug 10 20:18:45 UTC 2016

Personally I find the “Easy English” format very distracting and
extremely difficult to read. The format also violates several graphic
design principles and I am surprised they expect this to be easy to
understand. Instead of reducing cognitive load I would have expected
this to *increase* cognitive load (having to constantly ignore various
forms of active emphasis, for example, or constantly flipping backward
to find the beginning of the sentence).

I'm also curious what the relationship this has with Plain English.

On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 2:19 PM, Foster, Julia <jfoster at ocadu.ca> wrote:
> Just wanted to share a nice example of an easy to read version for the ISAAC conference<https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2016/code-of-conduct/> code of conduct:
> *         Full format<https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2016/code-of-conduct/>
> *         Easy format (PDF)<https://www.isaac-online.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Final-Easy-English-ISAAC-CoC.pdf>
> I didn't test it with a screenreader, so for screen reader users, the images are symbols to represent the text they stand beside (something an individual who communicates through symbols or symbols and words might use).
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