Page is hard to read Accessibility Checkpoint


This page is hard to read for users with learning disabilities or reading disorders like dyslexia.


For improved readability use simpler words and shorter sentences. Reading age is the number of years of schooling required to understand the page. Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES) scale is from 0 (unreadable) to 121 (easy). For comparison:

Reading ages of common publications
Readable by
(% of population)
Reading ageFRESExample
84%765Readers Digest
57%1240New York Times
15%2032Harvard Law Review

Applicable standards

  • WCAG 2.0 (Success Criteria: 3.1.5 level AAA)
  • WCAG 2.1 (Success Criteria: 3.1.5 level AAA)
  • WCAG 2.2 (Success Criteria: 3.1.5 level AAA)

Change history

  • 5.36 Jan 2020 Changed rule ID from AccWcag1-14.1.3 to AccAdvancedReadingLevel.
  • 3.5 Dec 2009 Use Content-Language meta tag in addition to HTML LANG attribute when detecting language of document.
  • 3.4 Sep 2009 Only run readability scores on English text (because the FRES and Gunning Fog scores only apply to English).
  • 3.0 Dec 2008 Now triggers WCAG2 issue.
  • 1.0 Feb 2007 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccAdvancedReadingLevel