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RE: Search by Reading Level

From: Cherie Ekholm <cheriee@exchange.microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:45:47 +0000
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
CC: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>, WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
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And it's widely used in US government and education.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Flesch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesch%E2%80%93Kincaid_readability_test



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 3:38 PM
To: Cherie Ekholm
Cc: Loretta Guarino Reid; WCAG
Subject: Re: Search by Reading Level

This measure is arbitrary and yields dubious results for meaningful sentence with proper nouns in them.

for example
This sentence is uninterpretable (passes little useful information) but is easy reading.

He went to it and to see her.
Flesch reading ease 100.0


while this one is

Jimmy went to the hospital to see Madeline.
Flesch reading ease  61.2
Reading level 6.7
Has a higher reading level - yet is the easiest form.


this one has lower reading grade level but is hard to read and parse.

Your brother went to the place where they take sick kids to see the girl you saw last night.
Flesch reading ease 100.0
Reading level 3.6



Gregg
--------------------------------------------------------
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 30, 2012, at 12:14 AM, Cherie Ekholm wrote:


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:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/test-your-document-s-readability-HP010354286.aspx?CTT=1

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

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

anyone know?

Gregg
--------------------------------------------------------
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?


http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/learning-independence-with-google.html
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