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RE: Search by Reading Level

From: Cherie Ekholm <cheriee@exchange.microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:14:20 +0000
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
CC: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
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If you are looking at reading level as determined by something like the Flesch-Kincaid grade level or Flesch reading ease (or similar), the formulae are available online. These are aggregate scores that take into account sentence length and syllables per word. One reference is the MS topic for Word at:


Chérie Ekholm
Senior Standards Professional
Microsoft Office Standards & Interoperability
Phone: 425-706-1425
Fax: 425-936-7329
Redmond, WA

From: Gregg Vanderheiden [mailto:gv@trace.wisc.edu]
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 2:49 PM
To: Loretta Guarino Reid
Subject: Re: Search by Reading Level

would be nice to know how the reading levels are determined.

anyone know?

Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
Director Trace R&D Center
Professor Industrial & Systems Engineering
and Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Co-Director, Raising the Floor - International
and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project
http://Raisingthefloor.org   ---   http://GPII.net

On Mar 29, 2012, at 8:27 PM, Loretta Guarino Reid wrote:

We are often asked how to determine the reading level of text for meeting SC 3.1.5. The features described in this blog post will be helpful for people looking for content at a suitable reading level. I wonder if there is a way they can help authors, too?

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