Sturm College of Law
Legal writing, Readability, Microsoft Word
Writing well takes constant diligence. We all can use some help. But many of us may not be taking advantage of the tools that are available right at our fingertips. Most of us, especially those who are spelling-challenged, run our documents through spell check. Now, many word processing programs list readability statistics in addition to spelling and grammar advice. For example, in Microsoft Word, go to the 'Tools" category and click on "Spelling and Grammar." At the end of the spell check, Microsoft provides a chart labeled "Readability Statistics." Understanding these readability scales can help improve your writing.
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K.K. DuVivier, Writing Help At Your Fingertips-Readability Scale, 30 Colo. Law. 39 (Mar. 2001).