Making text readable
Reading is not just about understanding individual words, but about understanding the overall meaning of sentences, paragraphs and the content as a whole.
Readability is therefore about how easily readers can access the meanings and messages of the text. Creating text that is readable for a variety of audiences is about using understandable words, understandable sentences and familiar formats. Making the text engaging and interesting also supports readability (see Writing for further information).
This section covers:
A useful resource is the evidence-based Readability guidelines, being developed by an international group of expert contributors. The guidelines include a readability checklist to help you to achieve clear, readable content.