Text / Writing Utilities

Quick Character Counter Tool / Utility for Writers / Tweeters / Kindle / SEO, etc.

Jim Dee
Jim Dee
Dec 14, 2020 · 2 min read

A handy utility that I made for my own use (but anyone can use it) for crafting specific-length chunks of text.

It seems like, no matter where you’re posting, there’s a recommended length (be it a minimum, maximum, suggested, etc). Twitter has a 280 character limit, Kindle has a 4,000 character limit for some of the descriptions, and I write for various publications here on Medium that ask for specific ranges for titles and descriptions.

To use the tool, just go here: http://jpdbooks.com/text-helper

By default, it’s on the “Twitter” setting (280 chars), but you can also check Kindle (4000), or 500, or 1000 or 1500 character presets — or just put your goal length in the box, as I did below:

Screen grab of the tool.

From there, just type and watch the report at the bottom. It’s that simple!

This is just a simple HTML / JS / jQuery script. It’s also completely private and does NOT monitor or save anything you type there. (Seriously, I’m a coder. You can “view source” and see the HTML of the page.)

One other benefit is that, as it’s a form on your browser, it’ll auto-highlight misspellings, which is always nice:

(Showing that it alerts you to misspellings.)

And that’s it. Hope you make some use of this stupidly-simple, yet handy utility. Again, the link is: http://jpdbooks.com/text-helper

✍🏻 Jim Dee maintains three blogs — Hawthorne Crow, Web Designer | Web Developer Magazine, and Wonderful Words, Defined — and contributes to various Medium pubs. Connect at JPDbooks.com, Amazon, FB, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, or Jim [at] ArrayWebDevelopment.com. His latest screwball literary novel, CHROO, is a guaranteed good time.

Jim Dee

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Jim Dee

Web guy at ArrayWebDevelopment.com; author of books & blogs. See: JPDbooks.com.

Web Designer / Web Developer Magazine

WDWD Magazine features articles on web site design / development, internet marketing, social media, SEO, and topics like marketing, communications, business development, etc. Editor: Jim Dee of Array Web Development — jim@arraywebdevelopment.com.

Jim Dee

Written by

Jim Dee

Web guy at ArrayWebDevelopment.com; author of books & blogs. See: JPDbooks.com.

Web Designer / Web Developer Magazine

WDWD Magazine features articles on web site design / development, internet marketing, social media, SEO, and topics like marketing, communications, business development, etc. Editor: Jim Dee of Array Web Development — jim@arraywebdevelopment.com.

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