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

The Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level

Flesch readability scores are the most popular and are the most widely tested and used. We'll explain what the Flesch and Flesch-Kincaid readability scores are and how to interpret and use them.

26 January 2017 by Laura Kelly

5 steps to improving readability

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.

24 October 2016 by Steve Linney

Readability for authors

You have an idea for a novel, a short story, an article. It has everything – complex characters, suspense, and a killer of an ending. All you need to do is transform it into a beautifully polished piece that conveys the characters and their story exactly how they appear in your head.

22 October 2016 by Ruth Colmer

For presidential hopefuls, simpler language resonates

When Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, he decried the lack of intelligence of elected officials in characteristically blunt terms. “How stupid are our leaders?” he said. “How stupid are they?” But with his own choice of words and his short, simple sentences, Trump’s speech could have been comprehended by a fourth-grader. Yes, a fourth-grader.

20 October 2015 by Steve Linney

Donald Trump connects to voters at a fourth-grade level

Danny Westneat @ seattletimes.com scores Donald Trumps speeches in the 2016 US election for readability. Donald Trump is said to be tapping into some primal feelings among the electorate, such as fear. But his true genius appears to be speaking to America at the level of a fourth-grader.

28 February 2015 by Steve Linney