Simplicity the key to drafting laws

Clarity and simplicity are the ABC of good writing. But the basic rules are apparently not appreciated by law drafters around the world. For centuries, the statute book has been filled with acts written in convoluted syntax and jargon.

Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 12:00am

It always pays to look for simple solutions

An eagle-eyed reader spotted a lovely error on my part a few weeks ago. I answered a question about handling file extensions with a long and complex response. Harry Chen wrote in with what he thought might be a far simpler explanation:

9 May 2006 - 12:00am

'Westerners like simplicity - we want more functions'

The Chinese are much more adventurous than Europeans and Americans when it comes to sex toys, said Wu Hui, chairman of Wenzhou Adam and Eve Health Products.

'It's strange. Among the countries we export to - developed countries in Europe and the Americas - they like simplicity. In China, they want more functions.'

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Simplicity is beauty

Alfred Yiu is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong. He has 15 years' experience in tutoring students for HKCEE and A-level exams and has also written English textbooks.

30 Jun 2004 - 12:00am