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2004/07/18 style, diction


© July 2004 Tony Lawrence

Did sixth grade teach you anything? Style and diction analyze your writing, and style includes an estimate of a matching grade level in its output. While that is often used to poke fun at the semi-literate, careful authors sometimes use it the other way: deliberately "dumbing down" their writing to make it easier for their audience. While some of us love reading Stanley Kelly-Bootle, such prose does require more intellectual engagement than your typical newspaper article, so an editor concerned for her readership might object to a high "style" rating.

I was a little surprised that I couldn't find an on-line tool that would let you paste in text and get back style and diction ratings.

https://www.gnu.org/software/diction/diction.html.


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"I was a little surprised that I couldn't find an on-line tool that would let you paste in text and get back style and diction ratings."

Sounds like your next programming project, Tony. <Grin>

--BigDumbDinosaur

---July 18, 2004

It's probably out there somewhere, but a search turns up too much other stuff. One reason why Unix commands *should* have ugly names - makes it easier to look 'em up on the web :-)

--TonyLawrence




---July 18, 2004


I did find https://www.linda-andrews.com/readability_tool.htm
and https://www.eastendliteracy.on.ca/clearlanguageanddesign/readingeffectivenesstool/

And this was also interesting: https://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html

--TonyLawrence









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