Posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 17, 2004
In Reply to: "Word" as in 'word count' posted by abe on November 17, 2004
: I read yesterday that the average reported was permitted a maximum of about "1000 words".
: Recently I read that people who visit forums read about "73 words" before clicking next or page down.
: Are "-", "I", "73" words? Is "St. Louis" one word or two?
: (I once worked on a bugfix where any eight bits was a "word".)
: How would you count words?
I don't know why I did it, but I counted 63 words in your post. I would've made "bugfix" two words, though, and there are 8 bits in a byte and 16 in a word. A longword has 32 bits and a quadword 64. That's ancient stuff that they don't teach in schools anymore!
I think "73", "I", and "St. Louis" are words and "-" is not. I used simple common sense, but I'm sure there are standards that can be applied which may contradict common sense. I don't know where you'd find those standards or what they could be.