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Chapter 5. Clarity > Avoid ambiguity

Avoid ambiguity

This guideline could be called “Have mercy on translators and nonnative speakers.” These people are more likely than native speakers to have difficulty when information is ambiguous. Writing for an international audience is especially necessary for material that people access on the Web. English is the native language of less than half of Internet users, although around 85% of Web pages are in English. A third of Internet users primarily speak a European language, and around a quarter primarily speak an Asian language.

To avoid ambiguity in what you write, follow these guidelines:


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