How to Measure Your Post's Readability

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Everybody who blog, have a different style in writing their own blog posts. One of the most important aspect of blog posts (in my opinion) is the READABILITY. But this of course, went back again to the readers. Either the readers are the geeky type, the social type, the adult type, or anythin', they share different point-of-view of readability on a blog posts.

How to Measure Your Post's Readability - zlythern have a nifty Readability Analysis Tool.

The test will measure 7 aspects of readability :

Gunning Fox Index

A test designed to measure the readability of a sample of English writing. The resulting number is an indication of how many years of formal education that a person requires in order to easily understand the text. For example, if a passage has a fog index of 12, it has the reading level of a high-schooler. The lower the number, the more understandable the content will be to your visitors.

Flesch Reading Ease

An indicator of how difficult a reading passage is to understand. The test rate the text on a 100-point scale. The higher the score, the easier the text is to understand.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level

Translate the Flesch Reading Ease's 100-point scale to an approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to comprehend the text.

Automated Readability Index

Index of understandability of a text which relies on characters per word, instead of the usual syllables per word. Its output is an approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to comprehend the text.


Like the ARI but unlike most of the other indices, Coleman-Liau relies on characters instead of syllables per word. Characters are more readily and accurately counted by computer programs than are syllables.

Linsear Write

Based on syllable density within English text and was developed for the US Air Force to help calculate the readability of technical manuals.

SMOG (Simple Measure Of Gobbledygook)

A readability formula that estimates the years of education needed to understand a piece of writing.


Overall, this is a nice tool to use, and another chunk of a good information to feed our brain ;)

Head on to wikipedia for more Readability Test information ;)


gerry said...

test one of my English-based blog content already.


The passage contains 397 words in 41 sentences at an average of 9.7 words per sentence and 1.5 syllables per word. There are 57 words with three or more syllables (a.k.a. “Difficult” words)
The Basic Scores

Gunning Fog Index: 17 (university standard)
Flesch Reading Ease: 70.1 (readable)

haha quite okay apparently...I always wonder about my English. At least this ease my curiosity. Thanks for the info.

Efendi said...

hi mas gerry :)

quite a nice tool eh ;) glad you find it useful :D

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