Assessing the Readability of Policy Documents on the Digital Single Market of the European Union [article]

Jukka Ruohonen
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Today, literature skills are necessary. Engineering and other technical professions are not an exception from this requirement. Traditionally, technical reading and writing have been framed with a limited scope, containing documentation, specifications, standards, and related text types. Nowadays, however, the scope covers also other text types, including legal, policy, and related documents. Given this motivation, this paper evaluates the readability of 201 legislations and related policy
more » ... ents in the European Union (EU). The digital single market (DSM) provides the context and five classical readability indices the methods. The empirical results indicate that (i) generally a Ph.D. level education is required to comprehend the DSM laws and policy documents. Although (ii) the results vary across the five indices used, (iii) readability has slightly improved over time.
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