Print Email Facebook Twitter Readability of Wikipedia Title Readability of Wikipedia Author Lucassen, T. Dijkstra, R. Schraagen, J.M.C. Publication year 2012 Abstract Wikipedia is becoming widely acknowledged as a reliable source of encyclopedic information. However, concerns have been expressed about its readability. Wikipedia articles might be written in a language too difficult to be understood by most of its visitors. In this study, we apply the Flesch reading ease test to all available articles from the English Wikipedia to investigate these concerns. The results show that overall readability is poor, with 75 percent of all articles scoring below the desired readability score. The ‘Simple English’ Wikipedia scores better, but its readability is still insufficient for its target audience. A demo of our methodology is available at http://www.readabilityofwikipedia.com Subject HumanHOI - Human Behaviour & Organisational InnovationsBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesFuture Internet UsePsychologyInformation Society To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:f6b26981-1bb7-4cd5-8ae1-9532194363e6 TNO identifier 463823 Source First Monday, 17 (9) Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.