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Re: Reading effectiveness level - SMOG

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2001 06:32:54 -0400
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To: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Yep, Any reading measure you use with the guidelines - they will come out
high on  the reading scale. To the user, the first job is reading and
understanding what is said, then determining what said applies to what the
user is actually doing. 

Why not try SMOG on the new intruduction. I think you'll see that the
introduction is becoming much more readable. 



At 10:48 PM 6/1/01 -0400, Wendy A Chisholm wrote:
>I found an interesting tool today [1].  It asks you to select 30 sentences 
>from your document (I chose WCAG 1.0) and count how many words with 3 
>syllables or more are in those 30 sentences.  Then it asks several other 
>questions, including several about presentation of the information.
>Based on my input to their form, WCAG 1.0 is about grade 16 and WCAG 2.0 is 
>about 13.  Per their definitions, grades 10-15 are college.  So, this 
>implies that someone needs beyond a college education to understand WCAG 
>1.0. and must be halfway through college to understand WCAG 2.0<grin/>
>This is based on the Simple Measure Of Gobbledegook (SMOG) readability 
>wendy a chisholm
>world wide web consortium
>web accessibility initiative
>seattle, wa usa
>tel: +1 206.706.5263
Anne Pemberton

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