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Re: Search by Reading Level

From: Jim Allan <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:11:38 -0500
Message-ID: <CA+=z1WmtS8GBjY40ZG7HNyEL6570hjCMirLXkDpWPhXUOrrwKQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Cherie Ekholm <cheriee@exchange.microsoft.com>
Cc: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>, WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
how about http://www.read-able.com

The Readability Test Tool takes the text on your web page and gives a
score for the most used readability indicators.

Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease
Flesch Kincaid Grade Level
Gunning Fog Score
Coleman Liau Index
Automated Readability Index (ARI)

or
http://www.readabilityformulas.com/free-readability-formula-tests.php
(group rating)
it rates on 7 different scales with additional tools for checking
grade levels using the Fry Graph, Raygor Estimate Graph, Spache
Formula, and New Dale-Chall Formula,
http://www.readabilityformulas.com/search/pages/Free_Readability_Calculators/
  (individual tools)


Jim Allan (channeling John Slatin - who would have better and more
accurate information on readability)


On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM, Cherie Ekholm
<cheriee@exchange.microsoft.com> wrote:
> And it’s widely used in US government and education.
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> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Flesch
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> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesch%E2%80%93Kincaid_readability_test
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> Chérie Ekholm
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> Senior Standards Professional
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> Microsoft Office Standards & Interoperability
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> Phone: 425-706-1425
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> Fax: 425-936-7329
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> Redmond, WA
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> From: Gregg Vanderheiden [mailto:gv@trace.wisc.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 3:38 PM
> To: Cherie Ekholm
> Cc: Loretta Guarino Reid; WCAG
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> Subject: Re: Search by Reading Level
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> This measure is arbitrary and yields dubious results for meaningful sentence
> with proper nouns in them.
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> This sentence is uninterpretable (passes little useful information) but is
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> He went to it and to see her.
> Flesch reading ease 100.0
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> 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.
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> this one has lower reading grade level but is hard to read and parse.
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> 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
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> Gregg
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> Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
> Director Trace R&D Center
> Professor Industrial & Systems Engineering
> and Biomedical Engineering
> University of Wisconsin-Madison
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> Co-Director, Raising the Floor - International
> and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project
> http://Raisingthefloor.org   ---   http://GPII.net
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> On Mar 30, 2012, at 12:14 AM, Cherie Ekholm wrote:
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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:
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> http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/test-your-document-s-readability-HP010354286.aspx?CTT=1
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> Chérie Ekholm
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> Senior Standards Professional
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> Microsoft Office Standards & Interoperability
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> Phone: 425-706-1425
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> Fax: 425-936-7329
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> Redmond, WA
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> From: Gregg Vanderheiden [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
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> would be nice to know how the reading levels are determined.
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> anyone know?
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> Gregg
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> Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
> Director Trace R&D Center
> Professor Industrial & Systems Engineering
> and Biomedical Engineering
> University of Wisconsin-Madison
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> Co-Director, Raising the Floor - International
> and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project
> http://Raisingthefloor.org   ---   http://GPII.net
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> On Mar 29, 2012, at 8:27 PM, Loretta Guarino Reid wrote:
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> 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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> http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/learning-independence-with-google.html
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-- 
Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator & Webmaster
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9264  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
"We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964
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