Length of Title tag?

I have found a lot of information about Meta Tags and how they are displayed on the search results pages of the major search engines. But I couldn't find anything about how long your page title should be.

I had created a title of 14 words, and the last three words weren't shown on AltaVista.

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todayAuthor Commented:
Hi chewymon,

Yes I have been there and it might be that the information is
somewhere on the site... but I couldn't find it.
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todayAuthor Commented:
Excellent chewymon.. thanks a lot. Please lock the question.
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chewymonCommented:
Glad to help.
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