Centre for Digital Humanities



Key words

  • Readability instrument
  • Text analysis

Short description

LiNT provides an estimate of text difficulty based on a readability study in which text features are linked to levels of text comprehension. The LiNT tool helps writers, writing coaches and communication consultants to assess the comprehensibility of texts.


Born out of the NWO project Toward a validated reading level tool for Dutch (2012-2017), LiNT, short for ‘Leesbaarheidsinstrument voor Nederlandse Teksten’ (translation: Readability Instrument for Dutch Texts), emerged as a valuable demonstration product. The project was part of the Understandable Language and Effective Communication program. LiNT uses the tool T-Scan for text analysis. While T-scan is primary intended for research, LiNT offers a much more accessible interface.

The Research Software Lab is currently developing LiNT for use by Dutch and Flemish civil servants. The tool provides feedback on how readable texts are, and what aspects or sentences in the text cause particular difficulty. Adapting the tool for a non-academic audience, we are primarily working on user friendliness.

Working with LiNT

Learn more on how to use the tool on the LiNT website. Would you like an account to use this software? Please contact cdh@uu.nl.