TR: Readability indices, take II

Subject: TR: Readability indices, take II
From: CASSIN Gilles <GCassin -at- MEGA -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 15:40:09 +0100

Geoffrey Hart wrote:
<In fact, relying on overly short
<sentences can compromise readability by making the text too
<choppy and hindering the efficient flow of thought. I'm
<unaware of any readability index that addresses these issues.
I was amazed the first time I found a readability test in Word. As I
work in French, I never saw such a weird thing : Word explanation quoted
: (206,835 - (1,015 x moyenne de mots par phrase) - (84,6 x moyenne de
syllabes par mots).//average number of words per phrase - average number
of syllables per word//
As a matter of fact, such tests, together with grammatical checks, were
the best tools for automatic fun generation. But that was before
automated translation...
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