In the 1960s, a style manual was published which helped inspire the plain language movement and created the Lensear Write readability formula. But, what was Lensear Write and how can it help your content be more impactful?
In the late 1960s, an obscure readability formula was developed which has since proven useful for several languages. Where did it come from, and how can you use it?
From the 1960s onward, linguists were making readability formulas easier and quicker to calculate. How can the graph-based Fry formula help you improve your readability?
It’s important to reach an international audience with your content. But, what is IELTS and why consider it for your content's readability?
A group of readability experts thought readability formulas needed a shake-up. How did they do it, and how can Powers Sumner Kearl best be used?
The Raygor readability graph promised a quick and easy readability grade. But, where does it come from, and how can it best be used?
Other readability formulas work great when you’re writing a narrative. What about when you’re not, and how can the FORCAST formula help you analyze incomplete sentences?
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.
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?
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?
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? “There are limits relating to long sentences and long words that the craftsman does not go beyond. The writer’s restrictions may be […]
Flesch readability scores are the most used and trusted of all readability scoring formulae. What are the Flesch and Flesch-Kincaid readability scores? And what do the scores really mean? What is a Flesch Reading Ease score? In the late forties, Rudolph Flesch was a consultant with the Associated Press, developing methods for improving the readability […]