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Are Readability Scores Passé and too “Old-fashioned” for Today’s World?. Fay Tess WSRA Reading & Technology Committee http://www.nconnect.net/~faytess/ firstname.lastname@example.org. Two important elements in writing…. The reading skills of the audience The readability of the text
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WSRA Reading & Technology Committee
Some golden rules of documentation
How Users Read on the Web:http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html
Rudolf Flesch writes, “Here's how the scores translate into school grades. Reading matter with the score shown on the left side will be easy for students on the level shown on the right.” (Flesch, n.d.)Flesch
For Readability Computational Chart and list of magazines scores —click on link below
*Adapted from an article by Rudolf Flesch, How to Write Plain English: Chapter 2: Let's Start With the Formula”
which wasretrieved from the Internet November 4, 2004)
Description of formulas starts at page 13.
The measurement unit has less potential stigma than grade-equivalent leveling
Consider the following sentences:
Readability formulae will give the same value to each of these sentences even though the first example is probably the most readable.
It has a personal touch and a clear sequence of subject-verb-object which names the topic and then describes it.
However readability formulae do distinguish very clearly between crisp and extended styles of writing.
They will easily distinguish between:
‘The cat sat on the mat’ and
‘The feline reclined on the axminster’.
Both of these would compute the same
Cat the mat the sat on.
The cat sat on the mat.
The following sentences give examples of how reading levels differ:College Reading LevelWith the onset of nausea, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal disturbances, consult your physician immediately.
Examples of acceptable words, phrases and language:
The following example was rated using various formulas
The study is good. People will find it important.
The scientists write that exercise will make people happy. That is because it makes people feel good. They feel good inside and out.
If more people with disabilities exercise, our nation will be a lot happier.
When Word finishes checking spelling and grammar, it can display information about the reading level of the document, including the following readability scores. Each readability score bases its rating on the average number of syllables per word and words per sentence.
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level