The purpose of this website is to define and explain a new global standard for the English language, designed for use in publications, and in speeches and lectures given in English throughout the world, by scientists, academics, technologists, lawyers, economists, industrialists, business people, even politicians and diplomats, and any other professionals who are either
- using English when it is not their first language in order to reach a world audience, or
- using English when it is their first language but hoping to reach a world audience and aiming to ensure that everything they write or say is perfectly clear and unambiguous to the widest possible global audience for whom English is not their first language
To set such a standard, the content of this website is necessarily totally prescriptive. For decades, if not a century, in the English speaking world, there has been a move both in the education systems of anglophone countries, and among linguisticians, and therefore among ordinary English speaking people, to feel that it is somehow not anybody’s place to tell anybody else how they may express themselves in English. The ethos has been that if a person is a native English speaker who is not a small child still learning their own language, anything that they say or write is naturally fine, because the language belongs to them.
Well, there is a lot that is wrong with that opinion; but that side of it is not even relevant here. That is because the whole purpose of this website, and of the World English technical communication standard that it defines, is to impose limits on the freedom of English native speakers and writers in order to eliminate every possible source of ambiguity for the benefit of readers and hearers of texts and speech complying with this standard. The content of anything published that complies with this standard can be expected to be as easy as possible, both for native and for non-native anglophones, to read or hear and understand, even when their mastery of English is not perfect. Authors and speakers are thus urged to ensure that their output complies with this standard, especially where it is important that the technical material be available to a global audience, for whom it must be as understandable and as unambigous as possible, and thus not too easy to misunderstand, wherever in the world these readers or hearers come from, whether it be Asia, Europe, Africa or central or South America.
That having been said, in the view of many people it is highly desirable that all communicators in English start to make the effort to comply with this standard, even when they are themselves anglophone and only intend to reach an anglophone audience or readership, simply because there is so much terribly badly written English text both on the World Wide Web and even in print nowadays. So many people have never learnt to construct properly grammatical sentences, and there is so much appallingly bad (almost illiterate) punctuation of written text. Few people ever seem to read the numerous books that claim to explain correct grammar, and many of those are very verbose and chatty and yet do not set out clearly, let alone concisely, how to compose a sentence in English grammatically and to punctuate it correctly. They are all too strongly influenced by the anti-prescriptivist agenda of those damned linguisticians!
At this moment, this website has only this one page, because this is serving as a placeholder. It has been created on 4th February 2017 and a vast amount of work needs to be done before the rest of the website will be ready to use. All we can say at this stage is: if you are interested in this project, watch this space.
Last update: 15th April 2017