> is it ok for LO to find five words in 'This is < a word.' as
I'd have thought the answer was either 4 or 6 depending on whether you
ignore '<' or pronounce 'less than'. :)
> https://www.countofwords.com/ >
> finds only four. Don't know how that reflects on this like 'This is 4
> words' and not sur so on. It's hard to anticipate every possible
> - is that the reason?
> Is there more information about this?
A simple experiment shows that LO writer considers a new word to have begun
when any character occurs after a whitespace character. Do you disagree
with this algorithm? I certainly don't. It's straightforward, easy to
understand and unambiguous.
For all purposes that matter (payment, thesis limits, etc.) doesn't the 5
characters per word rule still count? I guess if they are instead counting
the word boundaries these days that could be 5, but if you submitted an
invoice for it, 4 is correct, or if you're trying to achieve a word count
for a thesis, 4 is correct (as far as I know, but I'm a child of the
80's... things may be different these days.)