10000 character limit

SteveB

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Ok. I really need help from mgmt here.
I have a post, according to MS Word's character count, including spaces, it's 12,984 characters.
I grabbed 4117 characters, which should reduce it to 8867 characters.
Yet the forum's software says I'm still over 10000 characters.
And fwiw, I did an online character count, and it too says I only have 12984 characters.
I then checked the amount I grabbed, and it too says--- 4117 characters, with a remainder of 8867 characters.
Is there anyone who can explain how this works?

How can I have a document which includes less than 9000 characters, and still be over the 10000 character limit?
 

Septextura

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@SteveB

There are hidden formatting characters in Word, which carry over to the forum's text editor to maintain the original formatting (how a text looks).

To strip these hidden characters, copy from Word and right click here in the forum editor and use "Paste as plain text."

Alternative option is to copy and paste your Word text in Notepad first. Then copy it from there to the forum.
 

SteveB

Well-known member
@SteveB

There are hidden formatting characters in Word, which carry over to the forum's text editor to maintain the original formatting (how a text looks).

To strip these hidden characters, copy from Word and right click here in the forum editor and use "Paste as plain text."

Alternative option is to copy and paste your Word text in Notepad first. Then copy it from there to the forum.
That sounds reasonable, but I've checked with an online character counter, and it shows the same exact number of characters.
If the "hidden" characters were in fact part of the problem--- they'd have appeared in the counter's count.
Furthermore, Word counts the spaces.
There should not be 1133+ hidden characters in the content. A dozen-- maybe two dozen, I can see.... so you're going to have to give me an example of this.
 

SteveB

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I have no idea why it would do that.
Me neither.... this is why I'm asking..... Sept's comment doesn't make sense. I can see a couple of dozen hidden characters, but not over 1133 hidden characters. that's unreasonable.

And the only reason I don't do as he described, is because I'm looking to keep the built-in quote formatting the forum software uses.
 

Septextura

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That sounds reasonable, but I've checked with an online character counter, and it shows the same exact number of characters.
If the "hidden" characters were in fact part of the problem--- they'd have appeared in the counter's count.
Furthermore, Word counts the spaces.
There should not be 1133+ hidden characters in the content. A dozen-- maybe two dozen, I can see.... so you're going to have to give me an example of this.

Counters don't convert Word formatting code to HTML, they disregard it. Try one of the two copying methods I suggested and see what happens.
 

SteveB

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Counters don't convert Word formatting code to HTML, they disregard it. Try one of the two copying methods I suggested and see what happens.
but 1133+ characters?
I'm acquainted with HTML coding. I can see maybe 500 characters....
 

Septextura

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but 1133+ characters?

Depends how heavily formatted the Word text is. That's all going to blow up in html code character count, which forum software take in consideration instead of what's actually printed by the browser.
 

SteveB

Well-known member
Counters don't convert Word formatting code to HTML, they disregard it. Try one of the two copying methods I suggested and see what happens.
Ok.
I've decided to take this to the MS Answer's site. It's been so long since I've used HTML, or even seen forum's formatting for it, that beyond the built-in coding we have here, I don't recall how complex it can get, and get the results I'm seeing.
 
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