Google Measures The Readability--Yikes!--of What You Write
Last night I was typing using Google Docs at home, and when I used the Word Count tool, I discovered some metrics that I didn’t know about: scores to show me how “readable” my prose was. As I scrolled down the screen that popped up when I simply wanted to see how many words I’d written, I discovered not only the average length of my sentences and words, but also what grade level could understand what I wrote, as well as the ease to which they would absorb it, and what my “automated readiblity index” was—at least for that first draft I’d banged out.
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