Reading Timeclock

June 26, 2007

I recently thought of a nifty Firefox plug-in that would give you average or personal reading times on blog entries or whatever else you select.

In small blog entries, it is very easy for me to estimate how much time I’m going to have to put in. But in very long articles, my estimation ability drops away. Giving me a software means of estimating reading time would be optimal.

So the product looks like this:

  1. Install the app.
  2. Take a little test that tests your average words per minute.
  3. Or go with a default wpm calculation taken from either a database of the tools’ users or some research data.
  4. Whenever you see some block of text, select it and hit our button or right-click on the selected text.
  5. An estimated reading time appears in the toolbar.

I would be interested in working on this with anyone who finds it interesting enough to see it to completion. Or better yet, point out the Mozilla plug-in if it already exists.

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One Response to “Reading Timeclock”

  1. Required Says:

    You have to take the complexity of the text into consideration. For example, car manuals are supposed to be written at a 4th-grade reading level.

    There are lots of systems to measure reading complexity. That might be a start.


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