Why do the normal typing tests not have a WPM indicator?

Alexander S shared this question 2 years ago

As seen in the Top 1000 section of the site it shows a WPM indicator under the typing area, but why is this not the case with the normal typing tests? Would it be a feature that could be added to the site later, perhaps as something toggle-able similar to the timer?

Personally, I don't think I would enjoy having a WPM indicator there, but I just considered asking this question out of curiosity since many people seem to want such a feature.


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There are two reasons:

  1. most people find it distracting or just don't need it
  2. the calculation is inaccurate compared to the final wpm calculation which happens on the server side. For languages like english its quite easy, but to convert the calculation for each language into javascript isn't worth it compared to the demand of this feature.