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Doug Osborn asked about preparing documentation in simplified English so
that the task of translating it is made easier (I like that kind of
thoughtfulness :-) ).
British Aerospace (the company that builds planes and things, not the one
that flies them) uses "Simplified English", and runs courses geared to
technical uses. I have a letter from their Customer/Vendor Liaison Group
(Tech. Pubs.), and although it's dated October 92, I expect the group still
exists even if the front man has moved on. You may not want to come over to
attend a course (there might be similar ones he can tell you about in other
parts of the world), but you can buy the materials without doing that, I
Contact Mr J Henry
Customer/Vendor Liaison Group (Technical Publications)
No. 5 DO
British Aerospace Airbus Ltd
PO Box 77
BRISTOL BS99 7AR