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Reading Speeds compared to ViewletBuilder4

Postby Andrew » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:40 pm

The timing calculations for ViewletBuilder4 and ViewletBuilder5 work differently. ViewletBuilder4 was calculated in letters per second, while ViewletBuilder5 is based on words per minute. Words per minute is a more standard reading speed measurement and tends to work more consistently across languages with varying average word lengths.

For example with the letters per second calculations, German speakers found the medium setting was too slow and Asian speakers found medium too fast. English and French found it just right.

Following are the VB4 speeds and their VB5 words per minute equivalent assuming an average of 5 letters per word.

Fastest
50 letters per second
~600 words per minute

Fast:
33 letters per second
~400 words per minute

Medium:
20 letters per second
~240 words per minute

Slow:
13.33 letters per second
~160 words per minute

Slowest:
10 letters per second
~120 words per minute
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