[OS X TeX] Word count function?

Ettore Aldrovandi ealdrov at zeno.math.fsu.edu
Mon Jan 17 19:10:04 EST 2005

On Tue, Jan 18, 2005 at 12:56:42AM +0100, Maarten Sneep wrote:
> On 18 jan 2005, at 0:50, Ettore Aldrovandi wrote:
> >	detex file.tex|wc -w
> And be sure to read
>     http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=wordcount
> to understand why the result might be way off.

Didn't claim it is precise. Indeed I just tried on a short tex
file, and noticed  some words are left behind by the commands.
For example: detex seem to convert \bibliographystyle{yourstyle} into
yourstyle generating an extra word. Also, formulas seem to be left
behind as well. I guess if you have lots of them, then the count
may be way off, as you say. If it is mostly text, maybe the
inaccuracy wouldn't be so serious. 

Ettore Aldrovandi
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