The SMOG readability index

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

CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR - is an analysis of language skills. Find out how it is calculated and how you can use it to reach a wider audience.

19 January 2018 by Laura Kelly

GDPR: make your privacy notices readable – it’s the law

In the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is about to go into effect. Here's how to make your privacy notices readable.

30 November 2017 by Dave Child

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

Proofreading with Readable – 7 strategies to instantly improve readability and write content that converts

You need an action plan for improving your readability. We’ll highlight some steps you can take so you can confidently go forth and clarify your content.

27 September 2017 by Laura Kelly

Insurance companies should provide readable policies

An insurance policy is a legal document. It’s a contract between the buyer and the insurance company. It spells out the terms and conditions of the coverage provided. In a real sense, the contract is what you are buying. However, most legal documents are difficult to read and nearly impossible to understand.

14 September 2017 by Dave Child

The Coleman-Liau Index

The Coleman-Liau Index is one of the most commonly used readability formulas today. Find out how it works and how you can best use it.

22 May 2017 by Laura Kelly

Readability and the Gunning Fog Index

The Gunning Fog index is a commonly cited readability formula. Find out what the scores mean, the origins of the formula and how you can best use it.

27 March 2017 by Laura Kelly