Reading in a crisis: readability of risk communication

To understand a message, it needs to be readable to be understood. But what happens if you're in a high stress situation?

28 June 2018 by Ruth Colmer

Creating readability formulas for non-English languages: the problem of the syllable

A readability score is a computer-calculated index which can tell you roughly what level of education someone will need to be able to read a piece of text easily.

20 December 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin: the benefits of reading to children

The reading of the bedtime story is a daily ritual in many households and one that can be enjoyed by both parent and child.

16 December 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Have you read the terms and conditions? The readability of insurance policies

It seems that nearly everything we buy these days comes with the recommendation of insurance cover and it’s a merry time for the insurance sellers. Why is this important for readability?

8 November 2017 by Ruth Colmer

What is readability and how can it help you?

Wondering what readability means and what a readability score is useful for? You’re looking in the right place! Read on for a potted history, along with a few examples of how to use it. Let’s start with the obvious question: What is readability? Readability is a measure of how easy a piece of text is […]

22 July 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Readability and the Coleman-Liau Index

The Coleman-Liau Index is one of the most commonly used readability formulas today. But where did it come from? How does the test work? And where is it most useful?

22 May 2017 by Ruth Colmer