There are so many documents and pieces of information that someone deals with on a given day. I actually did stop to think about it, and I was amazed at the amount of information that I pass through on daily basis. Fortunately, >95% of my interactions consist of electronic information.
For some strange
statistical reason, I recently wanted to know the number of characters that were contained within a set of text files. These files were basic text documents, that could be viewed with any text-editor. I guess, that was the easy part. Getting the count, well, I couldn’t picture anything better than spending an afternoon with Siruis
cranked and a print out of the document and ‘ticking off’ each character.
As mentioned before, I am a huge fan of working efficient
(smart) rather than hard
. In most cases it is not how you get there; rather getting there that is important. I have had experience working with text editors at different levels and figured that it wouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a basic text-editor to do all the work for me.
This journey’s result -- CharCount
is a fully functional (basic) text-editor that displays character and word count information. Simply enter or open text and CharCount
will display the total number of characters (consonants, vowels and other) along with a sort-able list of words and the frequency of their appearance. CharCount
will also display line numbers for reference. I have added this application to the freeware section of the site. Feel free to download
it and give it a whirl. If there is anything that you think it needs please feel from to let me know.
This whole concept has also set me down the road thinking of revamping the ‘old’ ANoteWrite
. That application hadn’t been touched in a while and I think it could use an overhaul. We’ll see where that leads, if anywhere......