n South African Computer Journal - Website literacy requirements: readability and occulacy measurement development

Volume 2000, Issue 26
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



This paper explores the concept of "literacy requirements" for the web and in doing so examines a number of different ideas about literacy. the concept of readability is one important component of effective literacy with regard to websites. the research reported on here applies several existing and newly derived measures of readability to a selection of websites. Subsequent analysis is used to draw conclusions about the validity and applicability of these measures to determining website readability. A number of literacy measures were found to be appropriate for determining the readability of web page content. Two specific measures are the most significant in relationship to actual reading and navigating through online content. Further research into web literacy is proposed.

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