Re: readability indexes

Subject: Re: readability indexes
From: Marcia Coulter <notjust -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 18 May 1995 12:11:46 -0700

As a further caveat to the use of readability indexes:

Some years ago, a co-worker of mine at Orr & Associates researched the
literature associated with readability. Several studies found that
reading comprehension increased when sentences were short UNLESS the
longer sentences showed relationship or causality. In other words, a
single long sentence that explained a relationship or causality was
easier to understand than several shorter sentences that together
contained the same information.

So, while automated grammar checkers can be a useful tool, they cannot
be considered anything more than very loose guidelines.

Marcia Coulter
notjust -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com

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