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Re: Diabetes websites too complicated

From: Mike Brown <mike@signify.co.nz>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 21:13:49 +1200
Message-ID: <1331955460.20040914211349@signify.co.nz>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Alan> This news item describes a study of the readability and understandability
Alan> of Diabetes web sites. Most require a reading age of 11 to 14 years while
Alan> that of the general population in the UK is (amazingly) nine years. There
Alan> doesn't seem to be any mention of web accessibility guidelines.

This is not entirely meant tongue in cheek, but surely the answer is
to increase the reading ability of the UK population!

I should have thought that if you can present diabetes information
online such that a 11-14 year old can understand it, then you've done a
good job.

Is the "reading age" of a site, assuming it can be measured, an
accessibility issue? Is there a limit to how far information can be
"simplified" before it loses its usefulness?


Mike Brown
Received on Tuesday, 14 September 2004 09:15:03 UTC

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