Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bar journal alert: "Using Microsoft Word's Readability Program"


Way back in time - like, last summer - when I was given the scholarship beat for this blog, I put out a call that if you had a new article you'd like me to mention, send me an email and I'd see what I could do.  Professor Otto Stockmeyer of Thomas M. Cooley School of Law was one such brave soul.  And although it's taken me about eight months to respond to his request, the Scholarship Dude never forgets and always keeps his word.

So, without further adieu, I'd like to officially recognize that Professor Stockmeyer recently published an article in the January, 2009 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal entitled "Using Microsoft Word's Readability Program."   The full cite is 88 Mich. Bar J. 49 (2009) and the article can also be found on SSRN here.  The abstract states: 

Word's readability software program makes document readability testing easy. But some of its scores are not completely trustworthy. This article explains what the scores mean and how to work around the program's flaws.

I am the scholarship dude - keepin' my word so you don't have to.


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