[OS X TeX] Word Count possibilities

Dr.John R.Vokey vokey at uleth.ca
Mon Apr 19 20:28:25 EDT 2004

Unfortunately, although WordService is great, it requires simple text 
files, as do all the other suggestions.  None of them work on the 
finished (i.e., compiled) document, which is, I believe, what Michael 
S. Hanson was asking for (and, what I desire as well).

One solution I have come up with is to save the pdf of the compiled 
document as plain text from Acrobat, then strip out headers and page 
numbers, etc. that Acrobat leaves in for some strange reason, then 
highlight and count using WordService.  Not very efficient, but it 

Detexing the source file is of no use because one needs the count 
*after* the TeX commands, especially bibliographic commands, have been 
expanded.  Hence, another possibility is to TeX4ht the document to html 
(which works on the dvi and, hence, after all macros have been fully 
expanded) and then read *that* result into Word or whatever to get a 
word count.  Again, clumsy, but workable.

On 19-Apr-04, at 6:00 PM, TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List wrote:

> Am 19.04.2004 um 17:52 schrieb Michael S. Hanson:
>> 	Is there a word count feature in TeXShop or Preview?  I have a
>> journal submission with a strict word limit -- "including all text,
>> figures, tables, and references" as stated in the letter I received
>> from the editorial assistant.
> There is quite a number of tools which can do this via the services
> menu -- they all will work in TeXShop and Preview.
> Try this one, for example:
> http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10398
> (you will find some more on Versiontracker)
> Best regards,
> Matthias
John R. Vokey, PhD
B.E.R.G. - Behaviour and Evolution Research Group
Micro-Cognition Laboratory
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

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