The presentation and its title are inspired by Philip Bryan's excellent presentation on unreadability at the September 2017 IPEd conference.
Presenter: Juliet Richters attended the conference, partly subsidised by Editors NSW. This is her presentation to share some of the ideas from the conference.
Juliet will outline the different issues that can make text unreadable. These include physical circumstances, lighting, forms of presentation (from street signs to screens and books), typefaces and font sizes, colour, writing style, cognitive complexity and (surprisingly) the writer's desire to be incomprehensible.
She'll also bust a few myths, drawing on empirical research. For example, is sans serif type really less readable in block text than serif type? Can we really measure readability by counting words per sentence, or ensure comprehension for poor readers by using a limited vocabulary?
The talk will not cover the application of formal accessibility guidelines such as WCAG2, but comments from audience members who are expert on them will be appreciated.
Juliet Richters BA, MPH, PhD is a freelance editor and indexer and an honorary professor at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, UNSW. Much of her work is in public health and academia more broadly, where unreadability is rife.
6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start
Venue: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney (between Park and Bathurst streets, near the Town Hall train station.)
This venue is wheelchair accessible and has an ambulant bathroom.
Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members , $10 concession available to those holding a current Centrelink or DVA concession card.