Character count in firefox text area
June 24, 2005 11:39 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know of an extension or greasemonkey script that will count the number of characters in a text area, in firefox? I ask because I just had a ton of notes truncated because firefox limits the field to 4096 characters......! I've found some word counts, but no character counts.
posted by corpse to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Response by poster: Oh, and the notes were taken in a GTD Tiddlywiki
posted by corpse at 11:39 AM on June 24, 2005

In Cygwin, you can do wc /dev/clipboard to get a quick word/character account. On UNIX you can use xsel -p | wc. It should be enough to set up a global keyboard shortcut to do this.

The best thing to do would be to upgrade to the newest TiddlyWiki, which doesn't have this limitation. But GTDTiddlyWiki has forked and I don't know when they'll fix it.
posted by grouse at 12:20 PM on June 24, 2005

Best answer: I made a somewhat crude GreaseMonkey script, if you want it.

You can get it here.

Seems to work fine, at least on the textarea I'm currently typing in :).
posted by mrgavins at 12:34 PM on June 24, 2005

I think the 4,096 character limit is an HTTP limit when using the GET method, and not a result of Firefox.
posted by waldo at 12:38 PM on June 24, 2005

Could also be a storage limit on the db field.
posted by yerfatma at 1:24 PM on June 24, 2005

Dear mrgavins,

Your script is incredibly awesome.


posted by rafter at 11:59 PM on June 24, 2005

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