This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia

Story highlights

  • Coder creates simulation of how his dyslexic friend experiences reading
  • Seeing nonexistent movement in words and seeing letters like "d", "b", "p", "q" rotated is common with dyslexia
  • Dyslexia affects one in five people, Yale center says

(CNN)One in five people suffer from it and famous figures from Tom Cruise to Richard Branson have spoken at length about how it has affected their lives.

Dyslexia -- a lifelong condition that affects reading, writing, spelling and speaking -- may be a common condition but it's still not widely understood.
    With a bit of Web code, one man is making it easier for others to understand how reading with dyslexia might feel. The idea came to Victor Widell after his dyslexic friend told him letters seemed to swap in out of place when she looked at words.
    If you had a hard time getting through the passage, this is what the unscrambled text says:
    "A friend who has dyslexia described to me how she experiences reading. She can read, but it takes a lot of concentration, and the letters seem to 'jump around.'