Choose your own statistics
July 10, 2009 2 Comments
After adding statistics to FocusWriter, I decided to make it more configurable than simply choosing which of them to show. I don’t like hardcoding values into any program, and the 350 words per page number was bugging me. It’s not the industry standard of 250, but it is closer to the number of words on in an actual book instead of a double-spaced manuscript.
To fix that I added the ability to select the number of words per page. Then I figured, since I’d done that much, I might as well allow the user to choose between characters per page, paragraphs per page, or words per page. And once I had done that, I figured I might as well allow the user to choose between an accurate word count based on whitespace and punctuation, and an estimated wordcount based on the total number of characters divided by 6 to match the industry standard. At that point, I decided that that was enough selection for the statistics.