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Return the number of words in a long string

Note: Many $functions have been deprecated in favor of Object Oriented methods. The OO equivalent for $Lstr_Words is WordCount. Or, you may find the features of the StringTokenizer to be more helpful.

This function takes a string or longstring input and returns the number of words in the long string.

The $Lstr_Words function accepts two arguments and returns a string result.

The first argument is an arbitrary string or longstring. This is a required argument.

The second argument is a string containing from 1 to 255 characters which are the delimiters for the longstring. This is an optional argument and defaults to a blank.


%result = $Lstr_Words(longstring, delims)

%result is the count of words in the longstring.


  1. The following statement sets %RES to 8:

    %RES = $Lstr_Words('Picture yourself in a boat on a river')

  2. This statement sets %RES to 7:

    %RES = $Lstr_Words('Picture yourself in a boat on a river', 'a ')

See also

Products authorizing $Lstr_Words