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An orthography needs reform when people have difficulty reading it, or when it is unacceptable for some reason. These again are the two main criteria of usability and acceptability. The longer an orthography has been in existence, the more literature is likely to exist in it, and the more inertia it has, and so the more difficult it is to change. To change an orthography requires some sort of sponsorship and endorsement of the process from an authoritative body, whether a governmental body, a local language committee, or some other body. Once the decision is made, the factors in developing a new orthography, listed on this page, are also relevant for reforming an orthography.