Offered as a service from the WebAIM website, Maine CITE provides the following “tip” on how to make your website and digital content more accessible to all people.
Quick Tip: Passive Voice
Passive voice can be difficult to understand because it weakens the action of a sentence. An example of passive voice is: “The car was driven by Jim.” Active voice (e.g., “Jim drove the car”) is much clearer and will be easily understood by a broader audience. If more than 20% of your document uses passive voice, consider changing some of the passive sentences to active voice.
NOTE from JEB: For those of you – like me – who have a hard time remembering high school English, here is a refresher on “active vs passive voice.”
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