Support – Putting a PlainLanguagePro mark on a document

Document owners or certifiers may decide whether or not to display the PlainLanguagePro certification trademark on a document.

The display rules have been designed to give document designers maximum flexibility in designing where and how to display a mark. Contact info<at>plainlanguagepro.org to discuss applications not covered by these rules.

Displaying a PlainLanguagePro certification trademark as plain text

The mark must be displayed in the Calibri font, or similar sans serif font, with the words GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE formatted as ‘small caps’. The font size must be no smaller than 6 point on a printed document, and no smaller than 15 pixels on a web page. Background colour and frames may be used as determined by the document designer.

PlainLanguagePro GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE marks may be displayed in the colours gold (#DDB405 | R:221, G:180, B:5), silver (#767171 | R:118, G:113, B:113) or bronze (#7F6000 | R:127, G:96, B:0), or in black and white, or in grey, as determined by the document designer. No other colours may be used in the marks.

Displaying a PlainLanguagePro certification trademark as a graphic

The appropriate PlainLanguagePro graphic may be included in a document. It may be printed in colour or grey (graphic files are provided to authorised certifiers).

In a printed document , the graphic must be no smaller than 25 x 25mm. On a web page or similar, the graphic must be no smaller than 75 x 75 pixels.

Displaying a PlainLanguagePro certification trademark on a printed document

A PlainLanguagePro certification trademark may be displayed in any location in a printed document. For example, on the cover page, or in the header or footer, or both.

Displaying a PlainLanguagePro certification trademark on an electronic document

If the document is formatted as a printed document (e.g. as a pdf document) and delivered electronically or online, display the PlainLanguagePro certification trademark as for a printed document.

Certifiers must take care to ensure that the web text meets the appropriate standard at every point the PlainLanguagePro certification trademark is displayed. In particular, if only one web page on a website meets the PlainLanguagePro certification trademark standard, the mark must not be displayed on other pages.