Writers often assume that readers understand not only English, but specifically American English! This section shows how to write information that is usable for an international audience, which can be defined as those who use publications and information centers:

  • that are translated into different national language versions and
  • in English, though English is not their mother tongue.

When reading English text, many of them use dictionaries to look up unfamiliar English terms. The guidelines listed here will help ensure that publications and information centers are usable for the entire audience. As a general rule, we must remember to write user interface information with an international audience in mind (for ease of translation into other languages, and for ease of understanding by non-English audiences).