We are pleased to announce Drivel Defence, a software package that will help you to check the use of Plain English!
Nowadays, a lot of written material is produced on computer, so wouldn't it be good if the computer could help you to check it? That is exactly what Drivel Defence does. It includes the following two tools.
- Drivel Defence for Text. This allows you to check text by copying it from any software or document. It's ideal for letters or reports. You can use Drivel Defence for Text from this website, or you can download it and run it on your own computer.
How to use Drivel Defence for Text.
- Drivel Defence for Web. This is a tool specifically to help website developers check whether the content of web pages is in plain English. To use it you must download it and run it on your own computer.
Both programs can give you a detailed report on your use of Plain English, but neither makes any changes. This leaves you in control. Use them to keep drivel at bay.
We are extremely grateful to John Rugg, for developing the programs, and to the University of the West of England who carried out independent testing.
These programs are provided free, unsupported and unguaranteed. However, please e-mail any comments you have to us here with 'Drivel Defence' in the subject header. This will help us to improve the programs. Also, keep an eye on our Drivel Defence Frequently Asked Questions page.