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The LRCV Guidelines cover layout, print size, length of line and the amount of white space.
Where necessary, some discussion has been included to amplify the explanations given by the LRCV. However, it should be noted that plain English guidelines are not prescriptive.
The LRCV stated that '[t]he excessively long sentence is not suitable for any audience' (19) and '[t]here is never any justification for a long sentence in a functional document.' (20) It identified '[c]onvoluted and awkward grammatical structure' as a major hindrance to comprehensibility.
The LRCV argued that there are no rules which mandate the expression of provisions in single sentence structures.
The LRCV noted that this type of sentence structure forces readers to engage in 'intricate syntactic analysis' to extract meaning.
The LRCV Guidelines listed above have been applied to the whole of the RRT Act and the results are contained in Table 1.
(10) LRCV, Plain English and the Law, Report No 9 (1987) app 1.
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