[texworks] Wordcount

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Sat Aug 1 05:56:57 CEST 2009

On 31 Jul 2009, at 19:35, CB wrote:

> Hi,
> I realise it's probably a little early to pile on the feature
> requests, and you rightly want to keep TeXworks simple, but perhaps
> it's worth considering a word count facility. People are used to this
> in most writing tools, and the currently available options for
> counting words in LaTeX tend to be awkward tools geared towards
> towards those happy with the command-line.

It's a reasonable request, though doing a word-count for any kind of  
(La)TeX document can be a rather ill-defined affair -- what exactly is  
a "word", and which ones count as being part of the document content?  
These things are often not clear-cut.

> This list appears to be mostly developer-oriented, so if it's an
> inappropriate forum for this kind of request, let me know.

Although some discussions here get quite technical, the list is  
certainly meant to be a place where users at any level can pose  
questions, offer tips, discuss suggestions, etc; it's not meant to be  
a "developer-only" kind of place. In my view, at least, your request  
is perfectly appropriate, and bringing it up here may inspire others  
to contribute ideas as well, or suggest approaches to solve the issue.

Having said that, I'd encourage you to file a feature request at <http://code.google.com/p/texworks/issues/list 
 > as well, as this helps to ensure the idea is not forgotten. It may  
not get implemented right away, but if it's in that list then I'll  
keep noticing it from time to time.


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