ERIC Number: ED322489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
The Legal Aspects of Readability.
The use of readability formulas is spreading into the courts and legislatures as one objective measure to protect the basic rights of citizens. Court cases and legislation involving the readability of Federal Government forms and correspondence, materials concerning criminal rights, consumer product labeling, ballot measures, and warranties and warnings illustrate just some of the legal applications of readability formulas. Readability formulas were originally developed to aid reading teachers in selecting proper reading materials for their students. But now poor and unnecessarily difficult writing is not just a matter of scorn or inconvenience, it is downright illegal. (Fifteen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Based on a talk given at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (34th, New Orleans, LA, April 30-May 4, 1989).