Add Legal Glossaries To Websites with ReadClearly 3.0

Add Legal Glossaries To Websites with ReadClearly 3.0

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OpenAdvocate ReadClearly is a free tool that enables website visitors to look up explanations for complex legal terms on your website. ReadClearly's pre-built glossaries are designed to assist with improving the readability of  legal services websites.

It's easy to add ReadClearly to a website. Just add a Javascript code snippet to your website and ReadClearly does the rest. ReadClearly’s legal glossaries are created and actively maintained by plain language professionals.

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New features in ReadClearly 3.0

  1. New Common Usage Spanish Legal Glossary: This new glossary is designed for Spanish-language websites or pages. It includes 100 commonly encountered Spanish words in legal content and provides plain language explanations in Spanish.

    Screenshot of ReadClearly Spanish Glossary
  2. New Basic English Legal Glossary with Spanish Explanations: This new glossary for English-language content is intended for bi-lingual readers or Spanish language readers for whom English is a second language. Based on the 349-term Basic English version, this glossary also displays Spanish explanations along with the English explanations for the 100 most commonly viewed terms.

    Screenshot of ReadClearly English-Spanish Glossaryh

  3. Glossary Selection: Website managers can choose from a selection of glossaries. ReadClearly can be installed site-wide or on individual pages. Choose the glossary that best fits the content on the page. Currently available glossaries are:
    • 2016-08-22-EN: Basic English Legal Glossary with Spanish Explanations (349 terms): For English-language content. 100 most commonly used English terms have Spanish explanations to assist bi-lingual readers.
    • 2016-08-22-ES: Common Usage Spanish Legal Glossary (100 terms): For Spanish language content.
    • 2015-12-23-EN: Expanded Plain Language English Legal Glossary (1763 terms): Plain language explanations to assist readers understand advanced-level legal content.
    • 2015-01-15-EN: Basic English Legal Glossary (349 terms).
  4. DLAW Integration: ReadClearly's new glossary-selection options are now integrated with DLAW, an open source Drupal distribution designed for legal services websites. No need to embed code. Just point-and-click to select the glossary you want to use.

    Screenshot of DLAW Glossary Settings Control Panel
  5. DLAW Page-Level Overrides: You can use easily use different glossaries for different pages. For example, set a sitewide glossary such as Basic English with Spanish Explanations. For Spanish-language pages, override the site default and use the Spanish glossary instead. For a long page with advanced legal content override the site default and use the Expanded Plain Language glossary. Simply point-and-click to select the glossary you want to use on each page.

     Screenshot of DLAW Glossary Page Settings
  6. Downloadable Glossaries: You can now download all the ReadClearly glossaries in CSV format to use in other projects. All the glossaries we develop will always be available under a Creative Commons license. Get them at

ReadClearly is developed by Urban Insight, Inc. in partnership with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. We built ReadClearly as part of a Technology Initiative Grant from the Legal Services Corporation.

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