Misty wrote:That's kind of silly of Wordpress to do.
Not really. Let's say you have your content this way:
I am a pretty awesome guy. Check out <a href='...'>my personal blog</a>.
Now, suppose your excerpts are set to be 10 words long. If you start counting words, would you count the "a", the "href" and the url in your anchor tag? Suppose you do, then you will build invalid markup. Suppose you don't count those, then your 10th word would end at "personal". Again, you would have an open "<a>", without a closing tag. That is why it makes sense to strip out any HTML markup and just count the words for automatic excerpts.