Test your clarity with these free online tools
There are a million readability tools out there. Here are 6 of my favorites:
This tool not only analyzes readability, but also gives you different ways to dig into your message.… Read the full article
Ever wonder how Ernest Hemingway, the master of tight prose, would have handled your blog post?
Ernest Hemingway, of course, was an American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman.… Read the full article
There are a million readability tools out there. Among my favorites: STORYToolz readability analyzer.
Plug in a chunk of copy, and STORYToolz will deliver a wealth of readability information — 33 pieces of data in all, from the words you use to start your sentences to the number of “to be” verbs.… Read the full article
How do you define readability? Readability measures how easy your message is to read. That measurement is based on factors like sentence and word length.… Read the full article
“It is good to write clearly,” wrote Joseph M. Williams, “and anyone can.”
Williams developed “The Little Red Schoolhouse” writing course at the University of Chicago.… Read the full article
So much for the SEC’s new rules requiring companies to write more clearly about executive compensation.
This year’s compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) sections — the first crop created under the new SEC mandate — are almost impossible to read.… Read the full article
Why make copy clearer and more readable?
In “Complex to Clear: Managing Clarity in Corporate Communication,” two researchers at the University of St.… Read the full article
Making a publication “easy to read” is the No. 1 way to increase readership.
If newspapers (and, by extension, other publications) become more “relaxing to read” and make it easier “to find what I’m looking for,” people will:
That was a key finding of “Impact,” a study by the Readership Institute.… Read the full article
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