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Feature request: Show words per minute (WPM) for each line?

Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:16 pm
by draik
Psycholinguistics research shows that the human brain processes words as single units, and that not all characters that make up words are actually read.

Therefore, the actual reading speed of a human being is calculated in words per minute (WPM). In other words, it's actually the WPM, not the characters per second (CPS), that tells us if a subtitle is too fast to be read. Is it possible to add a WPM count feature for each subtitle line in Aegisub?

I think that allowing the user to choose to display the WPM count in addition to/instead of the CPS would be a great addition to an already software, since this feature would provide the user with a more sensible indicator of the readability of his/her subtitles :)

Re: Feature request: Show words per minute (WPM) for each li

Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:32 am
by jfs
There's a fine argument for WPM as an alternative for CPS. The only thing to really watch out for is languages where mechanically counting words is difficult, such as Chinese and Japanese, and possibly more that don't use regular inter-word spaces. Although there is probably no reason to really handle those as special cases, if you're working with subtitles in those languages you just switch (back) to CPS manually.