Issue 12255 - Measure readability/sentence length, and list "most complicated"/longest sentences
Summary: Measure readability/sentence length, and list "most complicated"/longest sent...
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Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.1
Hardware: PC Linux, all
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
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Reported: 2003-03-12 05:51 UTC by dwheeler
Modified: 2014-03-17 12:08 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-beta
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Description dwheeler 2003-03-12 05:51:46 UTC
It'd be nice if could measure the readability of a document.
There are several algorithms to do this.

But even more useful would be a way to request a list of the
"most complicated" sentences as measured by readability criteria, or at
least list (in sorted order) the sentences with the largest
number of words.  That way, after writing, authors can
identify and simplify its most complicated sentences.

The Perl CPAN module Lingua::EN::Fathom (supported by
Lingua::EN::Syllable) implements several algorithms to measure readibility.
The Flesch-Kincaid and FOG algorithms are common.
Comment 1 stefan.baltzer 2003-09-08 17:32:08 UTC
SBA: Reassigned to Bettina from the User Experience team for consideration.
Comment 2 ooo 2004-03-24 16:22:28 UTC
You can see a list of readability grades manual page for Gnu Style: 
I would really like to see this implemented in the statistic of the document. 
But also on selected styles, pages, paragraphs because some of the grades 
should not count words in headlines etc. 
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Comment 4 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 14:56:03 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements". 
Comment 5 Edwin Sharp 2014-03-17 12:08:26 UTC
Can be implemented under Tools - Word Count.
AOO410m14(Build:9760)  -  Rev. 1573062
2014-03-01_04:11:01 - Rev. 1573123