How did the Automated Readability Index become an essential tool for technical writers?

ARI has been used since the 60s, but how did the Automated Readability Index become an essential tool for technical writers?

4 January 2019 by Laura Kelly

How did the SMOG index become a crucial readability formula for content writers?

The SMOG Index is an influential and popular writing tool. But, where did it come from, and how can you best use it?

4 January 2019 by Laura Kelly

British Forces think acronyms are FUBAR

The British Forces are going to war with acronyms. The defense minister, Stuart Andrew, has banned the use of acronyms and abbreviations in his office. Smart move, or will it all go FUBAR?

25 October 2018 by Steve Linney

NHS doctors told to use ‘plain English’

Doctors are being told to adopt readability practices and write letters to patients that they can understand.

4 September 2018 by Steve Linney

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

Hip-hop ain’t top: new study reveals reading levels behind music lyrics

Are songwriting standards slipping at the top of the charts? @guardianmusic has their say. Is lyrical intelligence getting lower? A new study suggests the complexity of lyrics is declining, comparing words used in songs to reading levels in US schoolchildren.

21 February 2018 by Steve Linney