Adding Estimated Reading Time to Articles in Guide


  • Sheldon Grimm

    Great reminder, Dave Dyson.

    Another I may add to the original post is a reminder this is a basic script counting words in the article-body div, then doing simple arithmetic to calculate reading time. It does not factor attachments, screenshots or videos. 

  • Dave Dyson
    Zendesk Community Team

    This is fantastic, Sheldon Grimm, thanks for posting it!

    One thing I'd note is that average reading speed can been affected by the type of material being read – technical material is generally takes longer to read than light fiction. This guide from Shepard University estimates that an average college student can read 250 words per minute of lighter material, or 149 words per minute (very specific estimate, that) for more technical material: Reading Speed Charts (Shepard University)


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