153 Readability

The ease with which text can be understood, based on the complexity of words and sentences.

Readability is determined by factors such as word length, word commonality, sentence length, number of clauses in a sentence, and number of syllables in a sentence. It is an attribute that is seldom considered—either because designers are not sensitive or aware of its importance or because of the common belief that complex information requires complex presentation. In fact, complex information requires the simplest presentation possible so that the focus is on the information rather than the way it is presented.

For enhanced readability:

  • Omit needless words and punctuation, but be careful not to sacrifice meaning or clarity in the process. ...

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