How readable are your texts?  
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What is Readability?

Text readability is a measure of how well and how easily a text conveys its intended meaning to a reader of that text.

A number of factors influence the readability of a text. These include:

  • Physical factors such as typeface, font size, spacing and layout;
  • Reader factors such as prior knowledge, reading ability, and motivation of the reader;
  • Vocabulary difficulty;
  • Text structure;
  • Text coherence and cohesion;
  • Syntax.

Measuring Readability

A number of indices have been proposed for measuring readability and some are still used and are included in word processing programs. These include Flesch, Dale and Chall, Fry, Bormuth, Coleman & Liau. For more information on these see Readability Indices.

A new method of estimating readability

A new method of estimating readability not based on word or sentence length is now available. This method correlates highly with graded texts, and gives a visual indication of text readability.








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