Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Assessing text readability

One of the essentials in user interface design is that the verbiage that you use is simple for users to understand.

An easy way to assess readability is to use the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, which is a standard part of Microsoft Word processing. In Word 2010, go to File->Options->Proofing->Show readability statistic and then use the F7 key on the desired text to view this metric.

For the text above, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level  is 10.4, which means that it is written for a user with a 10th grade reading level. 

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