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A Right to Access Implies a Right to Know: An Open Online Platform for Research on the Readability of Law

Curtotti, Michael; McCreath, Eric


The widespread availability of legal materials online has opened the law to a new and greatly expanded readership. These new readers need the law to be readable by them when they encounter it. However, the available empirical research supports a conclusion that legislation is difficult to read if not incomprehensible to most citizens. We review approaches that have been used to measure the readability of text including readability metrics, cloze testing and application of machine learning. We...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Open Access to Law (JOAL)


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