Tip #15: Think twice about the words you choose

Word length and sentence complexity have an effect on the ability of certain individuals to decode the words on a page. Readability can be measured using the Juicy Studio Readability Test. There is more information in Terrill Thompson's blog post, Struggling with Understandability.

Example choices to make text easier to read

  • "Understandable" -> "Easier to read"
  • "Manipulated" -> "Changed"
  • "Subsequently" -> "Later"
  • "Testimonials from individuals with disabilities..." -> "People with disabilities talk about..."