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  • 1.  Reading level - paid services?

    Posted 06-16-2021 06:13 PM
    Hi folks! My art gallery is committed to a sharing our written material at a grade 8 reading level (max 10) going forward. We've been using a free fleischer kincaid tool that's online (and occasionally, the personal grammarly accounts of my staff) to test our writing. Anyone using a paid service that they would recommend?

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    Jennifer Matotek
    Executive Director
    Art Gallery of Windsor
    Windsor ON
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  • 2.  RE: Reading level - paid services?

    Posted 06-17-2021 11:10 AM
    Hi there! We often test with Hemingway Editor (https://hemingwayapp.com/). It's also free, but will highlight specific problem sentences.

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    Lauren Cooper
    Interpretive Planner - Exhibitions
    Penn Museum - University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia PA
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  • 3.  RE: Reading level - paid services?

    Posted 06-18-2021 09:12 AM
    Thanks so much! We're checking it out now!

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    Jennifer Matotek MBA
    Executive Director
    Art Gallery of Windsor
    Windsor ON
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  • 4.  RE: Reading level - paid services?

    Posted 06-18-2021 01:30 PM

    Hello Jennifer: There are many readability resources available for free on line. Museum label texts require special skills, and recommendations for making labels accessible to a broad audience can be found in chapter 6 of Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach--along with tools developed by several museums. It is not a service you need to pay for.



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    Beverly Serrell
    Director
    Serrell & Associates
    Chicago IL
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  • 5.  RE: Reading level - paid services?

    Posted 06-18-2021 11:55 PM
    Hi Jennifer, 

    I have published a few articles on the assessment and modification of written text to improve readability. Here are some resources you may find helpful. 

    Use simple words and phrases | plainlanguage.gov

    Online Utility Readability Calculator 

    How to "clean" your text sample before assessing readability: 

    • Remove bullets and paragraph breaks.
    • Add a period to the end of every sentence.
    • Remove hyphens and dashes (example: change client-centered to client centered).
    • Convert numbers to written form (example: change 2.5% to two point five percent).
    Also, research has shown to reach the largest audience text should be written at the 6th grade level (Kutner et al., 2006). This is especially important for older adults, individuals with low vision, and those who speak English as a second language. 

    I hope this is helpful.

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    Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L
    Assistant Professor
    Occupational Science and Therapy Department
    Grand Valley State University
    fortunje@gvsu.edu
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