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About Statistics Service Mentioned Above
Authored by: tarmer on Aug 01, '07 08:24:33AM
The statistics service mentioned in several posts is part of the free WordService package from Devon Technologies. It's available from the free software section at the bottom of page on their download page: Once you've installed it, logged out and back in, you can highlight sections of text then after selecting Statistics from your service menu you are provided with the total number of characters, spaces, words and lines. BTW the WordService package includes tools for formatting and converting text. Hope this helps!

Toby Wilson

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About Statistics Service Mentioned Above
Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 01, '07 01:12:09PM

That service looks like it'll be useful for word and character counts. Thanks! I haven't logged out/in to try it yet.

I'm checking out the ReadMe.rft file that comes with it, and I notice that it has one feature that could trip you up, if you're writing in English using the official MLA style [used by literature and language teachers and writers. It's probably not important unless you need to strictly follow MLA rules, but if the rules are important, don't use that "Initial Caps Of Sentences" feature. APA and Chicago Style rules are different.

In MLA style, we are not supposed to capitalize after colons [:] unless the text that follows could be a sentence on its own [not a sentence fragment].

We don't capitalize after semi-colons [;] because it's understood already that the semi-colon connects 2 independent sentences. It's weird, I know, but this is the kind of stuff that gets penalized in scholarly writing, and in publications, especially if you're student working for course credit.

We also do not capitalize after a 3-dot ellipsis [... ], when we're quoting part of someone else's text, because that's used to show something was taken out of the same sentence, on both sides of the little dots... the text that follows the 3-dot ellipsis is still part of the same sentence. Thus, you don't capitalize; that would make it seem like there was more than one sentence being quoted.

When you're quoting more than one sentence, and you're cutting out stuff by using the ellipsis "between sentences", you use a 4-dot ellipsis [.... ]. That shows everyone that the quoted bit came from a sentence, but we aren't seeing the end of that quoted sentence. The difference between 3-dot and 4-dot ellipses are important in journalism, because when you quote someone and do the ellipses wrong, you're misquoting them.

Always use a space after an ellipsis.

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