BASIC (09-15)

NL 10620.105 Are the Standards Different for Spanish Notices?

Generally, the notice standards for English and Spanish Notices are the same.  In a few instances, there is a different standard for English and Spanish notices. The differences are:

A. Sentence length

English notices – Write English notices at a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level with an average sentence length of no more than 15–20 words.

Spanish notices – Write Spanish notices at a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level with an average sentence length of no more than 20–25 words.

B. Lines per paragraph

English notices – English notices written at the sixth- to eighth-grade reading level should have no more than 7 lines per paragraph.

Spanish notices – Spanish notices written at the sixth- to eighth-grade reading level should have no more than 9 lines per paragraph.


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NL 10620.105 - Are the Standards Different for Spanish Notices? - 10/01/2015
Batch run: 10/01/2015
Rev:10/01/2015