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I wanted to do some editing on my Design Elements board so I did the code in Open Office which told me the code was 199 characters long. All well and good but then the CLS told me I was using more than 200 characters. *argh*

I did manage to make it work by using http://➪.ws/2zv instead of [url][sign in to see URL] but the one program said the length was fine while runboard said no it isn't...

I am not sure the character counter on the CLS is really a bug (ie counting the characters wrong) but it would be nice to confirm things one way or the other...

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I think double-quotes might count as two characters, so have you tried single quotes around URLs instead?

Also, have you tried two dashes instead of the arrow? I don't know how many characters the arrow would take.

I do think it would be good to increase the character limit a bit.

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I hadn't gotten to that level of condensing things yet (double quotes to single quotes). I went with ]qoiob to get the shortest possible url first. They are actually designated "keywords" in qoiob's database which then get translated into a url redirect. That is why they are so much smaller than even the ][sign in to see URL] links. It would be nice if the Custom Language set had the same space as we have for signatures and avatars. I was more worried that the character counter for the CLS was giving a incorrect character count. If it is the same coding section used for the signatures and avatars then that could also explain why those counts are also wrong. Is there some way to verify the counter is doing things correctly on Runboard's side?

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I think it actually counts bytes rather than characters, so it will differ depending on what type of characters they are. For example, I'm pretty sure each Chinese character uses more than one byte, whereas most Western characters will be 1 byte each. Since most people won't understand bytes, the error message mentions characters instead.

I could be wrong on any or all of this, but this is my current understanding.

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Any definitive progress on this yet? I wouldn't object to a larger character limit as well but what I want is for some method of matching the character count with what Runboard reports (My word processors and Office suits almost always get the character count wrong according to Runboard)...

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How wrong is it?

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As a general rule I have to go for 198 characters or less in LibreOffice or Notepad. I forget what it was in OO...

But every once in awhile the counts match so I can never be really sure until I try it out...

Then again, when it misses it seems to miss badly, for example:

<img src="http://✰.ws/dn" alt='Chat room' title='Runboard Directory Chatroom' /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://✰.ws/dg"><img src="http://✰.ws/di" title='Twitter' alt='Twitter' /></a>&nbsp;

LibreOffice and Wordpad say: "183 CHARACTERS & 13 WORDS" yet Runboard said it was over 200 characters so I had to change chatroom to just "chat" to make it fit!

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You can cut that down by 10 characters if you take out the non-breaking spaces and just use spaces.

183 is way off, though. If it's going to be off, I'd rather allow more bytes and let it go over 200 characters, but still say there's a 200 character limit so people won't expect to fit more than they can in there.

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Re: Custom Language Set 200 character limit


This happens to me on other sites with character limits. I'll have the limit, or a little less, yet I'm told I'm over the limit. It must be a coding thing? *shrugs*






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It's good to know it's not just us, but I hope we can do better than everyone else, and would rather tell people they have less space than they actually do, if possible. emoticon

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