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Break these nominalizations and noun trains apart. Feel free to create new phrases, or entirely new sentences. When in doubt about the meaning, guess.


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Other ways to make your text easier to understand:

5a. Reduce the number of clauses per sentence.



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5c. Watch out for ambiguous phrases a user might have to debate.

5d. Surface the agent and action, so users don't have to guess.

5e. Make a positive statement.

5f. Reduce scrolling.



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5g. Let users print or save the entire document at once.



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Resources on thoughtlessness

Taking a Position on Thoughtlessness

Heuristic Online Text (H. O. T.) Evaluation of Cognitive Burdens





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