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

ReadableBot: the Readable indexer

Our engine is built to index at a friendly rate. We’d rather score URLs and websites slowly than risk affecting performance for real customers.

4 November 2017 by Dave Child

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

How to choose the right readability formula

When it comes to measuring readability, there are a whole variety of readability tests. You could go for the long established Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease or the later Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. But what about the Gunning-Fog and the New Dale-Chall?

4 April 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Readability and the Gunning Fog Index

The Gunning Fog index, created in 1944, is a commonly cited readability scoring formula. But, what do the scores mean? How did the formula come about? And when is the test most useful?

27 March 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Death by (poor) readability

At least 6 out of 10 US adults who have internet access use the internet to look up health information. We are all self-diagnosing, self-prescribing and generally bypassing a visit to the GP in exchange for a quick search on Google. And it’s not just the internet where we get acquainted with health advice.

27 March 2017 by Ruth Colmer